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Federal Work-Study Employment Policy

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is governed by employment conditions that are considered appropriate and reasonable. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended prohibits employers from acception voluntary services from any paid employee. Any student employed under FWS must be paid for all hours worked.

The College provides approximately 110 FWS jobs for students in administrative offices, academic departments, food services, the library, Paterson Field House and building and grounds.  Students can view current jo openings in the Financial Aid Office (FAO) student job book.  Work-Study jobs are offered but not guaranteed as a part of the financial aid package.


Federal Work-Study awards are made to students on the basis of demonstrated financial need and at least half-time (6 credits) enrollment each semester.

Net earnings from need-based employment are considered a financial aid resource. Students that are determined to be enrolled greater than half time after add/drop, and attending a program of study at the College are eligible for the FICA/FUTA payroll exemption.


Hiring Policy

Under Title IV Guidelines, FWS employment must not displace employees (including those on strike) or impair existing service contracts.   Also, if the college has an employment agreement with an organization in the private sector, the organization's employees must not be replaced with FWS students.  Replacement is interpreted as displacement.


The College attempts to provide employment for all students who wish to work.  However, a student who has an FWS award as part of his/her financial aid package will be given priority in hiring over non-financial aid students. 

An aided student that has been hired to an FWS position may not also be hired for the same position as an ‘03'.   Supervisors should consider hiring additional FWS students in order meet their departmental needs.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

FWS students must maintain satisfactory academic progress standards applicable to all financial aid recipients.  If a student is notified by the FAO that they are not maintaining progress, they must stop working immediately.


Student Employment Task Force Wage Structure

Level 1

Entry level positions that do not require pre-requisite skills, knowledge, training or certification.  Examples include reception, clerical and dining services jobs.





Level 2

Positions that require prior experience and training.  Examples include first-year community or peer tutors as well as returning students who have completed two semesters of work-study and are eligible for a pay grade increase.





Level 3

Positions that may require a supervisory role, an advanced level of professionalism and/or job training.  Examples include second-year community or peer tutors as well as America Reads and Community Service jobs.





Level 4




Positions that have a significant and intentional work experience and require a high level of proficiency, careful mentoring and college committee participation.  Examples include Student Government Ambassadors and Enrollment Fellows.

All student employment levels require compliance with satisfactory academic progress standards as published in the college catalog, student policy guide and BCC website.