College Work Study

The College Work Study Program is a financial aid, need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment at a rate of $12.50 per hour starting September 1, 2019. Eligible students can work up to fifteen (15) hours per week depending on thier Cost of Attendance (COA). 

The program allows both Full and Part-Time students to earn extra money to fund school related expenses while developing an interest in their career fields or academic areas.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
- Must complete the current year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid and any additional requested verification items
- Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours, 3 of these at their Home Campus
- Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

New for 2019: Eligible students who complete a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) are eligible for state aid work study. Please visit the Financial Aid Office for additional information. 


Steps to Apply:

  1. Complete an Alamo Colleges Work Study application HERE by selecting the application at your Home College of Record. 
  2. Once the application is fully completed and you have been confirmed eligible by the Financial Aid Office, the Alamo Colleges HR department will contact you through the email address used on your application to complete the necessary New Hire paperwork. Please also monitor your email spam folder for this email from the HR department.
  3. For job placement:
    • Departments will reach out to eligible students to set up interviews.
    • Students may visit deparments with current openings (please visit the financial aid office for this listing). 
    • Multiple sign-up and hiring fairs will take place on each campus. 
  4. Once hired, view the Work Study Handbook.
What are the benefits of working under the Work Study Program?

The Colleges' Work Study Program allows students, whether wanting to work on or off-campus, the ability to find a position that allows each student to be a student first and create a work schedule that complements their class schedule and study needs.

The program will also allow students to gain valuable professional skills needed for future employment opportunities. 

Also, while the earnings are taxable and must be reported on your Federal Income Tax Return (a W-2 is issued), work study program earnings are excluded from FAFSA income and therefore do not affect your future financial aid eligibility.

What jobs are available?

Work Study opportunities are located at various departments across your college campus, along with a number of opportunities at off-site Alamo Colleges District Support Offices located off-site, and with non-profit organizations around the San Antonio area.

How many hours a week can I work and what is the pay rate?
  • Eligible students can work up to fifteen (15) hours per week. At certain times of the year students can exceed the 15 hour weekly maximum while classes are in session and the student is enrolled. However, this must be approved in advance by the Financial Aid Office and also by the student's supervisor.
  • Students may be asked to stop working and/or reduce the number of hours/weeks worked at a certain time during the year due to funds that have been exhausted, a reduced budget, and/or scholarships being received resulting in the work study award being reduced.
  • The College Work Study pay rate is $12.50 per hour, starting September 1, 2019.
I was not awarded Work Study, does this mean I do not qualify?

Although you may not see a Work Study award via your ACES portal, we encourage you to stop by your college's financial aid office to determine if you are eligible.

Is Work Study available during the summer?

Only Federal funding is available for summer work study. Eligible students who are interested in continuing employment after the spring semester may be able to work up to 15 hours per week in summer based upon availability of funds and departmental needs.  

Students must meet the following requirements for summer eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours
  • Check with supervisor for position availability
  • Complete the Summer Application via ACES
  • Complete the following academic year’s FAFSA and any verification requirements
  • Enroll for the following Fall semester
  • Be in good SAP standing