Welcome to the student employment resource page where you can find more information about Federal Work Study (FWS) and Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) positions. FWS and LAEP each provide an amazing opportunity to earn income while in school and also develop professional experience. To learn more, explore the provided resources and reach out to Jonathan Como (FWS) or Christopher Wardell (LAEP) with any of your questions!
What is Federal Work Study (FWS)?
What is the Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)?
The less debt you graduate with, the more choices you'll have in life!
When you take part in FWS or LAEP with Cañada College you will:
- Gain valuable job skills and experiences.
- Build your resume and create a vibrant, job-specific cover letter.
- Find major-related work for an edge on graduate school applications or a future job search.
- Meet students, work with professionals, and expand your social and career networks.
- Be more confident talking to recruiters at job fairs.
In general, to be eligible for a Federal Work Study offer to be included in your aid package, you must:
- File your FAFSA by the March 2 Priority Filing deadline. (Note: FAFSA is available each year beginning October 1).
- Answer "Yes" to question 31 on the FAFSA, "Are you interested in being considered for work-study?".
- Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
- Submit all requested financial aid documentation from your WebSMART requirements by the due date.
- Remain enrolled at least half-time while working under the program.
- Maintain eligibility for aid under Cañada College Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid Applicants while working under the program.
How can I tell if I am eligible for FWS?
If you are unsure if you are eligible please contact the Financial Aid Office and they can assist you in determining your eligibility with the program.
STEP ONE: Select "Yes" to the "Are you interested in Federal Work Study" on the FAFSA.
STEP TWO: Create an account at collegecentral.com/canadacollege.
STEP THREE: Sign in and search for available positions by typing “Federal Work Study” in the search field.
STEP FOUR: To apply for positions you are interested in you will need to upload a resume to your profile.
STEP FIVE: Once we get your application we will verify your are eligible for Federal Work Study and get scheduled for an interview with the supervisors.
In general, to be eligible for a Learning-Aligned Employment Program internship, you must meet one of the following eight underrepresented criteria, along with the following:
- FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT
- FOSTER YOUTH
- DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER (DRC) STUDENT
- AB540 (UNDOCUMENTED) STUDENT
- LOW INCOME
- FORMERLY INCARCERATED
In addition, eligible students must also meet these criteria to maintain eligibility:
- Enrolled in 6 or more units AND eligible program of study
- Good SAP, or approved SAP appeal
- California residency
- Demonstrated financial need
- Eligibility to work in the United States
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Why Choose Federal Work Study? Pocket money for things you want and need.
Although you are not guaranteed a job if you are awarded Work-Study, you are much more likely to be hired if you have Work-Study eligibility. In addition, your job will be close to where you study.
Your employer knows your first priority is as a college student. Employers try to be as flexible as possible in scheduling work hours around your class schedule.
Future Financial Aid Eligibility
As a financial aid need-based program. Work-Study income (although taxable) does not affect your future financial aid eligibility in the next tax year.
Students who have job experience and who have worked while attending school are more attractive to future employers. Your supervisor may become an excellent reference.
Campus research has shown that Work-Study students connect with the campus community, learn about resources available to students, and establish stronger relationships with faculty and staff. This correlates with the fact that students with Work-Study jobs are more likely to stay in school, perform better academically, and graduate.
Questions? Contact us!
Federal Work Study (FWS) Questions:
Jonathan Como (Financial Aid Technician)Student Services - Financial Aid Services