There are many different types of work including: lifeguard, clerical assistant, library
assistant, tutor, counselor, research assistant, lab assistant, child care worker, community
services officer, journalist, recreation specialist, etc.
Contact the prospective employer to arrange an interview. Take your TITAN online award
summary with you.
Important Employment Dates
- If you accept your Federal Work-Study as part of your financial
aid award for Fall, you must find a job and begin working
by the end of September.
If you do not plan to attend Cal State Fullerton for the Fall semester, please advise us of your plans
- If you intend to enroll for Spring only, you must begin
employment by the end of February.
- Federal Work-Study positions expire at the end of the Spring semester; however, if you apply for financial
aid for the following year and establish financial need, employment may continue throughout the summer.
*If you do not activate your award by securing employment by
the appropriate date, your Federal Work-Study award will be cancelled.
Current pay rates range from $8.00 to $16.12 per hour.
The rate of pay is based on the skills required and the degree of
responsibility involved in the position.
Federal Work-Study Conditions of Employment
- You must be enrolled at Cal State Fullerton at least half-time (6 units);
- Be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Have a social security number; and
- Be making satisfactory academic progress and sign the California Oath of Allegiance.
Financial Aid Requirements
- You must be enrolled in at least 6 units (half-time) during any semester in which you
- For continued participation in the FWS program, you must meet the standards for Satisfactory
- If you lose your financial aid eligibility for any reason, you also lose your eligibility
for FWS and you must stop working immediately.
Once an employer has agreed to hire you, you must complete the FWS employment authorization
process before you may begin working. You must show your employer acceptable identification
(Social Security Card and Driver's License or other photo I.D.) and, if you are a non-citizen,
DHS documentation to show that you are permitted to work in the U. S.
Your employer will submit all necessary paperwork for you to begin working.
You may begin to earn a portion (20%) of your academic year award during July/August, if:
- You have already received an award letter which includes a Federal Work-Study award,
- You have made Satisfactory Academic Progress during the preceding year, and
- You will be enrolled at least half-time (6 or more units) during
the Fall semester.
Maximum Hours per Week
You may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the school year (September - May) and
up to 40 hours per week during semester break in January, Spring break in April, Fall break
in November, and Summer.
Pay periods are based on the calendar month. At the end of the month, sign and submit your
time sheet to your FWS supervisor for payment on the 15th of the following month. Your employer
will complete and submit an Attendance Report to Payroll Services. If your Attendance Report
is submitted late, you will still be paid, but the payment may be delayed.
The Attendance Clerk at your place of employment distributes pay checks. Pay day is the
15th of each month. If the 15th falls on a weekend, you will be paid the following Monday.
You will be paid only for the hours you have worked and reported on your time sheet for
the previous month. A small amount for federal and state income tax may be withheld.
Rights and Responsibilities
You are entitled to one 15-minute break within four consecutive hours worked. When working
a full eight-hour day, you may take two 15-minute breaks with pay and a minimum of one 30-minute
lunch break without pay. Paid breaks may not be taken at the beginning or end of the work
period and are not cumulative.
You are covered during your usual work hours by Worker's Compensation insurance against
job-related illness or injury. FWS students are not entitled to other employment benefits
such as overtime pay, paid holidays, vacation or sick leave, unemployment insurance or permanent
Merit Increases and
Changes in Pay Rate
You may be considered for a merit increase, at any time, but ONLY AFTER a satisfactory
performance evaluation has been completed with one employer. You are eligible for a performance evalutation
at any time; however, typically, merit increases are considered when you are re-appointed at the begining of
each semester, summer session, or academic year.
Should funding be available, your employing department may request a merit salary increase
based on your "satisfactory" demonstration performance.
If your level of responsibility of complexity of duties has increased, your department
may make a request to reclassify the position. If approved, the appropriate salary increase
will be authorized.
All merit salary increase requests and reclassification requests must be submitted through
the Office of Financial Aid.
You are entitled to be informed by your FWS supervisor of your expected work schedule and
duties. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner. An employer may terminate
your FWS employment if:
- Your work schedule is not compatible with the employers' needs;
- You display unprofessional conduct such as repeated absences or tardiness;
- You do not maintain confidentially of records; or
- You work is unsatisfactory.
Monitoring Your Earnings
You are responsible for monitoring your FWS wages and notifying your FWS supervisor when
you are close to reaching your FWS allocation (maximum earnings). You may not earn more
than your FWS award amount as indicated in TITAN Online. If your FWS
award is revised, you must notify your FWS supervisor immediately.
You are responsible for reporting your time accurately and for signing and submitting your
time sheet on time each month to your supervisor.
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