Federal Work Study (FWS) is an allotment of money awarded to an eligible student to be earned from part time employment on campus. Working on campus is more than just a way to pay for college. Federal Work Study Students learn valuable skills, make important campus connections, and build on their resume. To be eligible for the FWS program, a student must have demonstrated financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FWS is awarded on a first come first serve basis to qualified students who have maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress and are enrolled at least half-time. 

Here’s a quick overview of Federal Work-Study:

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school

  • It’s available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need

  • It’s available to full-time or part-time students

  • It’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-study awards are based on:

  • When the student applies
  • Level of financial need, and
  • The school’s funding level


The Ventura County Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District's policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunities and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, veteran status, medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.