Federal Workstudy Program (FWS):

The purpose of this program is to provide a means through employment, whereby an eligible student can earn funds with which to pay for educational expenses. The rate of pay is in compliance with the Federal Minimum Wage Law. Based on the amount of demonstrated need, a student could earn as much as $4,000 during the two semester college year. Through this program students may work up to 20 hours per week while attending classes and up to 28 hours per week during vacation periods. In order to qualify for Federal Work-study, students must demonstrate financial need. Jobs are based on individual skills, work experience, course of study, and date of financial aid application.

Colorado Work-Study Program (CSW):

The purpose of this program is to provide a means through employment, whereby an eligible student can earn funds with which to pay for educational expenses. The rate of pay is in compliance with the Federal Minimum Wage Law. Based on the amount of demonstrated need, a student could earn as much as $4,000 during the two semester college year. Through this program students may work up to 20 hours per week while attending classes and up to 28 hours per week during vacation periods. Students must demonstrate financial need to qualify for this program. Jobs are based on individual work experiences, course of study, and date of financial aid application.

Fall and Spring Work-Study Eligibility

To be eligible for the workstudy program, students must:

  • Complete a FAFSA application and turn in all required paperwork to determine that you qualify for workstudy;
  • Complete a background check;
  • Bring your signed workstudy card from Financial Aid, your completed background check, your photo ID, and your Social Security Card or birth certificate to the Payroll Department;
  • Be entered in the payroll system to be eligible to receive a paycheck;
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) and maintain full-time status (12 credit hours or more) during the semester; and
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress to be eligible for workstudy.

Work-Study earnings are to be used to offset your college expenses.

To Apply for Work Study

  • Trinidad Campus Students:
    · Apply in-person at the Financial Aid Office (Berg 210)
  • Valley Campus Students:
    · Apply by filling out the Valley Campus Work Student Application
    · The Application can be submitted via fax or email to the Financial Aid Office