Federal Work-Study (FWS) & State or Campus Work-Study (WS)

The FWS program is a federally subsidized program designed to provide jobs on campus for students.  Ideally, a student will work in a position that is related to his/her area of study.  The Financial Aid Office oversees the FWS program and keeps track of each student’s award and earnings.

Every year Asnuntuck is allotted a limited amount of money to allocate for work-study positions.   The wages vary depending on the job description posted on our college website.

Student Employment Program Eligibility

A student must be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program at an eligible institution, as a regular student in order to be employed under the FWS program.  In addition, a student must have “financial need.”  Eligible students may apply for employment under the FWS program (See Student Employment Opportunities section below for a full listing of the current on-campus FWS and WS positions available).

  • A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each school year to establish financial need.
  • A change in total semester hours must be reported to the Financial Aid Office promptly.  Failure to do so could result in immediate suspension from the Federal Work-Study Program.  A student participating in the FWS program must be an active ACC student enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).  If a FWS student’s enrollment falls below half-time, that student is no longer eligible to participate in the FWS Program; therefore, FWS employment will be terminated immediately and removed from the FWS Program.
  • Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained.  Please review our SAP policy.  If the student is NOT maintaining an appropriate GPA and the required completion rate, the student is subject to being removed from the FWS program.

Student Employment Opportunities

For a full listing of the current on-campus see the Student Employment Opportunities webpage.


Rates are determined by the WS supervisor.  Factors are taken into consideration are position responsibility, requirements and experience.   The present starting rate for all student worker positions is the current CT State minimum wage.

Student Employment Awards

Award eligibility will vary from one student to the next depending upon the demonstrated financial need as determined by the completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  The WS award amount will indicate the maximum WS earnings that may be earned during the academic year.  The number of hours to work is determined by taking the award amount and dividing it by the appropriate hourly wage.  This will represent the total hours a student can work to earn the full award.  The total hours divided by the total number of weeks in the semester or academic year is the number of available work hours per week.


Total Award/Hourly Wage ≈ Total Hours                            $3,000/$11.00 ≈ 272 hours

Total Hours Available/Total Weeks ≈ Hours per Week        272/30 ≈ 9 Hours/Week

Thus, a student with an award of $3,000 would have to work about 9 hours per week to complete his/her WS award for two fifteen-week semesters.  Work-study is NOT available in the summer.

It is recommended that a student’s FWS does not exceed 15 hours per week, except during scheduled vacation periods with permission of the Financial Aid Office and their supervisor.  Unearned WS money cannot be carried forward to another academic year.

Student Start Dates

An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.  Once a student’s background check has been conducted and deemed successful by Asnuntuck Community College’s Human Resources Office, he or she must complete FWS employment forms including the I-9 and W-4  prior to beginning FWS employment.

If a student has met the above criteria, the earliest employment start date for the Fall semester is the first day of class.  Students continuing on the FWS program from Fall through Spring, may work during the semester break with permission of their supervisor and the Financial Aid Office.  Remember your number of hours available for Spring will then be reduced by the number of hours worked during the break.  Students beginning FWS in Spring may start the first day of Spring classes.

Work Hours

Work hours are to be scheduled with the supervisor.  The WS student is to adhere to this schedule unless advance permission has been received from the supervisor.  FWS students are not to work more than their award amount and are not allowed to work during their scheduled class times.

It is recommended that WS students do not work more than fifteen (15) hours per week except during scheduled breaks.  The Financial Aid Office and the supervisor must grant permission to work prior to the break.


WS students are expected to be consistently dependable, prompt and reliable in attendance and job performance, and to work with a cooperative and positive attitude.  He/she must work the hours and times agreed upon by the student and supervisor.  If a student must be absent from work, his/her supervisor should be notified as far in advance as possible.

Student Employment Payroll

Bi-weekly pay periods begin on Friday and end on Thursday, fourteen days later.  Payday occurs two weeks later on Thursday. Time cards and pay information are available by logging on CORE-CT with your employee’s identification number at  

Drug-Free Work Place

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited for all students.