Work Study Program

What is work-study?

A federal student aid program that helps college students with financial need get part-time jobs while you are enrolled in school. You have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible. Student eligibility is based on financial need. If you’re looking for another way to help pay for college, Federal Work-Study may be a great option for you. Work-study is a way for students to earn money through part-time on or off-campus jobs. The program gives students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while pursuing a college degree. 

To be offered work-study, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) - Indian Hills School Code: 008298;
  • Indicate on the FAFSA that they are interested in Federal Work-Study;
  • Demonstrate financial need through their FAFSA; 
  • Complete the verification process; and
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress

How do students qualify for work-study?

There are several factors that can determine whether or not you receive work-study from year to year. Typically, students who file the FAFSA form early and answer that they are interested in Federal Work-Study will have a better chance of being awarded funds from the program. You have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible. When you fill out the FAFSA, select “Yes” if you’re interested in being considered for a work-study job. Selecting this response doesn’t guarantee that work-study will be included in your Financial Aid Award Offer, and it doesn’t bind you to accepting work-study if it’s offered. Not all students qualify for federal work-study. Students who don't qualify based on need or don't file the FAFSA won't receive federal work-study.

Within a few weeks of filling out the FAFSA, you’ll get a Financial Aid Award Offer listing the amounts you’re eligible to get from loans, grants and work-study. IHCC awards work-study funds based on availability of funds, student financial need (as determined by the FAFSA) and other financial aid a student is eligible for. Although your Financial Aid Award Offer lists a certain dollar amount for work-study, that doesn’t mean you automatically get that money. You have to find a work-study job, and then work enough hours to earn that amount. Students are not guaranteed a job if they are awarded work-study and are responsible for securing their own work-study jobs. Job postings can only be filled by students awarded work-study.

If a federal work-study award does not appear on your Financial Aid Award Offer, and you are interested in this program, please speak with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss the impact federal work-study would have on your other awards and the possibility of adding work-study depending upon your eligibility.

If work-study is on your Financial Aid Award Offer and you don’t intend to use it, you can decline the award on your WIN Dashboard.

When are applications made available?

Federal work-study applications are mailed shortly before the beginning of fall term in August. After fall term begins, these applications are mailed out weekly. If you did not receive an application, please visit the OneStop in the Bennett Student Services Center to inquire about work-study.

Where do I find a work-study job? How do I get hired?

Students who have already been awarded work-study should review our work-study positions at the bottom of this page and arrange an interview by contacting the supervisor listed.

  • Take your federal work-study application with you to your interview. This form is separate from your Financial Aid Award Offer. Once hired, have the supervisor complete the supervisor section.
  • Choose which original, unexpired document(s) to present from the List of Acceptable Documents on page 4 of the Federal I-9. You may present either one selection from List A or a combination of one selection from List B and one selection from List C.
  • Students are required to have their payroll checks from IHCC directly deposited into a checking or savings account. Please bring your bank routing and account information or a blank check, your completed application, and acceptable original document(s) to the Financial Aid Office located in the Bennett Student Services Center, or the Administration Building on Centerville Campus, to complete a hiring packet prior to your first day of work. Completion of hiring forms takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

How much can I earn?

You’ll earn $9.25 per hour. You can only earn as much through work-study as the financial aid award stipulates. Unlike other types of financial aid, work-study earnings are not applied directly to your tuition and fees. Students who are awarded work-study receive the funds in a paycheck as they earn them, based on hours worked, just like a normal job. Students are required to log their hours on the WIN timekeeping system. Students are paid twice a month according to a payroll schedule. 

Can I work as many hours as I want? 

No. There is a limit to the number of hours work-study students can work. The number of hours per week a student may work cannot exceed 20 hours regardless of the number of student jobs a student has. 

Things you should know about work-study.

  1. Being Awarded Federal Work-Study Does Not Guarantee You a Job
  2. Not All Work-Study Jobs are on Campus
  3. Work-Study Funds Are Not Applied Directly to Your Tuition
  4. Federal Work-Study is not Guaranteed from Year to Year
  5. Dropping or withdrawaling from all courses or loss of financial aid eligibility will result in the loss of employment under the work-study program.

Work-Study Positions: Ottumwa Campus


Work-Study Positions: Centerville Campus


Work-Study Positions: Community Service




Ottumwa Campus:

speer_profileJennifer Speer, Financial Assistance Specialist/Communication Management
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5326 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5236


 Centerville Campus:

ocker_profileAngela Ocker, Receptionist & Learning Resources Assistant
Indian Hills Community College

721 North 1st Street Centerville, Iowa 52544

Phone: (641) 856-2143, ext. 2200 or (800) 670-3641, ext. 2200