The College Work-Study Program provides eligible ACC students with the opportunity to work part-time in a community service position or a field related to their area of study. Work-study employees work up to 19 hours per week, receive a semi-monthly paycheck, and are paid $22.00 to $22.50 per hour depending on their position.

To be eligible for work-study: You must show financial need on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet additional requirements and guidelines (listed below). Work-study is also limited, so it is best to apply early.

Eligibility Overview

Student Eligibility Requirements

Complete the financial aid application process and demonstrate need based on federal guidelines.

  • Enroll in a minimum of six college credits in any term in which you occupy a work-study position.
  • Meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards each semester.
  • If awarded, pass a Criminal History Background Check and complete all Human Resources tasks.
  • If hired, abide by the Work-Study Employee Guidelines (listed below).

Work-study Employee Guidelines

Once hired, students are ACC employees. They are expected to earn their award by performing job specific duties and abiding by the following guidelines:

  • Students must remain enrolled in at least 6 credits on their declared degree plan. If their enrollment drops below half-time (6 credits), they are no longer eligible for work-study and must stop working immediately.
  • Students cannot start working until they have a timesheet on e-time.
  • Students cannot start working until at least one of their classes has started for the semester.
  • Students cannot work more than the hours per week determined by the Financial Aid Office on their Interview Sheet (up 19 hours per week).
  • Students cannot work during scheduled class time.
  • Students must have a reasonable gap between class and work hours to allow them to arrive on time.
  • Students cannot work while school is not in session (e.g. intersession or college closure days due to holidays or the weather).

Eligibility for Non-Citizens and Undocumented Students

Non-citizens and undocumented students with Texas residency may follow these instructions to apply for state grants and work-study. You must also have authorization to legally work in the United States through the DACA program.

Part 1: Steps to Apply for Work-Study

Step 1: Complete the Financial Aid Application Steps – This includes submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and turning in any missing documents listed on Self-Service. On the FAFSA, say “Yes” to the question asking if you are interested in work-study.

Step 2: Accept Your Awards – Accept (or reject) your financial aid awards on Self-Service. If you received a work-study offer, accept your award and continue to Part 2.

Work-Study Interest Form

If you did not receive a work-study offer, you may add your name to the Work-Study Interest Form (formally called the waitlist) below. Please note that funds are limited and based on eligibility. Adding your name to the Interest Form does not guarantee you will receive a work-study offer nor is it considered an application. You can only add your name once per school year.

(ACCmail login required)

***Note: We are no longer onboarding work-study employees for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are seeking employment, we recommend the following options:

  1. Review the available part-time and hourly positions on the ACC job board. The non-work-study positions are open to everyone and do not require work-study eligibility.
  2. Reach out to our Career Services team and Request an Appointment to connect with a Career Specialist. They are available to assist students with their job search, resume building, interviewing skills, and much more.
  3. Contact Texas Workforce Solutions for assistance finding employment.

Part 2: Work-Study Employment Steps

If you are offered work-study in Self-Service, the Work-Study Team will reach out to you via your ACCMail account with these next steps (including any necessary links and documents).

Step 1: Offer and Orientation – Accept your offer and attend orientation within 2 weeks of receiving your offer. Orientation will cover topics such as interviewing and onboarding.

Step 2: Secure a Work-Study Job – Review the work-study job board and complete a Referral Form. Then, the Work-Study Team will connect students with supervisors for an interview.
Once hired, you and your supervisor will complete a Work-Study Agreement form. 

Step 3: Employee Onboarding – Complete employment steps such as an online application, background check, Offer Letter, Human Resource documents, and direct deposit.

Step 4: Start Working – The Work-Study Team will notify you and your supervisor of your official start date. Students cannot start working until their employee onboarding is complete (step 3).

Returning Employees

Employees returning to a job they had within the last year do not need to follow the steps above. Instead, they will need to add their names to the Interest Form (link above). If a returning employee is seeking a new position, you must notify the Work-Study Team at so that they can provide you with your next steps. Otherwise, the Team will reach out to the returning employee to request a new Work-Study Agreement form. Once received and processed, the Work-Study Team will notify you and your supervisor of your official start date.

Work-Study Employers


The Federal College Work-Study Program (FWS) and the Texas Work-Study Program (TXWS) provide ACC with funds to hire eligible students to work while attending college. ACC offers a variety of on-campus and off-campus positions that pay between $22.00 – $22.50 per hour. The goals of the work-study program are to foster workforce readiness, encourage career & professional development, and provide flexible & gainful employment opportunities for students.

Request a Work-Study Position

Non-ACC Offsite Positions

Non-ACC off-site locations seeking work-study employees must contact the Work-Study Outreach/Coordinator at Offsite partners may be required to pay a portion of the student’s hourly wages which is $22.50 for all offsite positions.

ACC Departments & Employers

ACC departments and employers who wish to hire a work-study employee do not need to worry about finding the resources to pay these students. The Financial Aid Office takes care of this through our allocation of government funding.

NOTE: The department hiring the work-study is responsible for any necessary training of the student’s job duties. The position’s supervisor must meet the definition of supervisor as defined by Human Resources.

If you are interested in hiring work-study students, complete the 2023-2024 Work-Study Requisition by the deadline below. While requests may be accommodated year-round, please aim to have your request in by the priority dates:

  • Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 – April 1st
  • Spring (only) 2024 – October 31st

Once your requisition has been reviewed and processed by the Work-Study Team, we will reach out to you via email with your next steps.

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