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Student Employment

Columbia College actively participates in the federal self-help program referred to as "Federal Work-Study" (FWS). As part of the financial aid package, FWS allows a student to contribute to his or her education by enhancing skills already acquired and by providing the chance to learn new skills while employed on campus or in a community service role.

View current openings here.

Awarding Procedures and Eligibility Requirements for Federal Work-Study

  1. The Financial Aid Office awards Federal Work-Study to students who have need determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Acceptance of Federal Work-Study on the electronic award letter does not guarantee that a student will be placed in a Federal Work-Study position. There are a limited number of Federal Work-Study positions available and students must apply for available positions.
  3. A student must be enrolled and attending at least part-time for a regular semester or session. If students withdraw from all classes, they are no longer eligible for student employment.
  4. A student must be a citizen of the United States or its possessions or a permanent resident alien.
  5. A student must show evidence of academic promise and of the ability to maintain satisfactory standing in a course of study while employed.

Application Procedure for Federal Work-Study

  1. Complete the FAFSA and indicate an interest in student employment.
  2. Complete the application for student employment in Epicor.You can search the key word "student" to view open student employment positions.
  3. Acceptance of Federal Work-Study on the electronic award letter does not guarantee that a student will be placed in a Federal Work-Study position. There are a limited number of Federal Work-Study positions available and students must apply for available positions.

On-Campus Federal Work-Study Employment Opportunities

Eligible Federal Work-Study students may use their FWS award in many departments  and administrative offices on campus. All student employment openings will be listed in Epicor and you can search for the key word "student" to view open positions and apply for them.

Currently we have students employed in the following areas:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Accounting
  • Admissions
  • Art
  • Athletics
  • Business Administration
  • Career Services
  • Chemistry
  • Computer & Information Science
  • Computer Science & Math
  • Criminal Justice & Social Work
  • Development & Alumni Services
  • Division of Adult Higher Education
  • Education
  • Enrollment Service Center
  • Evaluations  
  • Financial Aid
  • History & Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems Lab
  • Jane Froman Singers
  • Library
  • Mail & Print Services
  • Math Center
  • Online Campus (Distance Education)
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Student Activities
  • Student Affairs
  • Wellness Center
  • Writing Center

Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Employment Opportunities

Eligible Federal Work-Study students may use their FWS award at off-campus community service employers. Columbia College offers community service positions at:

  • Jumpstart
  • Field Elementary School

College Work Program

Columbia College has another student employment program for students who are not eligible for Federal Work-Study. Under the College Work Program students are hired in much the same way that they would gain off-campus employment — that is, with regard to departmental budgets and needs. If you are not eligible for a Federal Work-Study position, your application will be designated for college work program. Due to budgetary constraints work program funding is limited.

Awarding Procedures and Eligibility Requirements for College Work Program

  1. The College Work Program is an institutionally funded program. One hundred percent of the money incorporated in this fund is from the institution. Students wishing to participate in this program do not have to prove financial need.
  2. A student must be enrolled and attending at least part time for a regular semester or session. If students withdraw from all classes, they are no longer eligible for student employment.
  3. A student must show evidence of academic promise and of the ability to maintain satisfactory standing in a course of study while employed. Students on academic probation or suspension will not be permitted to participate in the College Work Program.

Questions about student employment? Please email inquiries to the Human Resources Department here.