Work-Study

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 $15.60 to $16.10 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 submit Human Resources paperwork.
  • 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 (StudentAid.gov) 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 Waitlist

If you did not receive a work-study offer, you may add your name to the online waitlist below. Please note that funds are limited and based on eligibility, so adding your name to the waitlist does not guarantee you will receive a work-study offer. You can only add your name once per school year*.

Join Waitlist *ACCmail login required

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. The deadline to submit this form is July 1st.

Step 2: 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, the Work-Study Team will reach out 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 Positions

ACC offers a variety of on-campus and off-campus positions that pay between $15.60 – $16.10 per hour. While each position has different job duties, they each require the following required skills:

  • Ability to conform to an established work schedule.
  • Ability to communicate in a concise and effective manner.
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions.
  • Ability to use personal computers.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion.

Example Off-Campus Positions: America Reads and America Counts are programs that provide reading and mathematics tutorial services to elementary school children at various school sites. You must have college proficiency in reading and writing or mathematics to participate in this program. Positions are off-campus, and personal transportation required.

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