Citrus College participates in federal, state and institutional financial aid programs in order to provide its students with financial access to post-secondary education. The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program allows students the opportunity to work part time on and off campus to complement and reinforce their educational program or career goals, and to help meet their educational costs. Students working with children or cash will be required to be fingerprinted at no charge to the student.
Eligibility for FWS is determined after the student has completed their financial aid file and has received a financial aid award notification email. Students interested in FWS must present his/her award notification to the Financial Aid Office (FAO) and then the FAO will review the student's need and current class schedule to determine if the student is eligible to be awarded FWS funds. Students who apply early and turn in all necessary documentation to the FAO in a timely manner will increase their chances of being able to participate in the program, as funds are limited and are awarded on a first come first served basis.
Students must exhibit financial need to be eligible for FWS; that is, the student's cost of attendance (COA) must be more than the amount of his/her Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the Federal Need Analysis Methodology. FWS cannot be awarded to a student if the award, when combined with all other resources, would exceed the student’s need.
Students must maintain an enrollment in a minimum of six units during the fall/spring to be eligible for FWS and three units during the summer/winter semesters. The last possible working date for the award year for FWS is June 30th. Students MUST STOP working under FWS when they drop below the required units, run out of funds, or reach June 30th, whichever comes first. Students must notify their supervisor, the FAO, and Student Employment Services (SES) if they drop below the required units or stop working.
Please note: students may switch to regular student employment if they use their entire FWS award as long as the hiring supervisor approves the change. Students who work under regular student employment must enrolled in at least 12 units.
Students wishing to work under FWS continuously through the next award year must renew their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming award year (January 1st of every year) and complete their financial aid file before FAO will email them an award notification. The process then starts over. The sooner the FAFSA is completed the sooner the FAO can determine FWS eligibility for the following academic year. There is no guarantee that a student will continue to have FWS from one year to the next.