Federal Work Study Program
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Federal Work Study Program

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General Information

The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded program and is awarded to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office at El Camino College. The FWS Program affords students with an opportunity to work on or off campus and earn money to supplement expenses not covered by grants or loans. To apply and participate in the FWS program, a student must enroll at least half time (6 units) during the fall and spring semesters.  


El Camino College receives a limited amount of FWS funds and eligible students are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Receiving a FWS award does not guarantee employment.  It is the students' responsibility to follow the appropriate steps to secure employment.

2021-22 Student Employment

Eligible students may apply for employment to work on or off campus through the FWS program and to be eligible students must meet the following requirements

  • Have a 2021-22 Award Letter
  • Must be enrolled in at least six units during the semester ,
  • Must have a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Must have at least cumulative unit completion rate of 67% 
  • Must be eligible for federal student aid.
  • Must have at least a $500 unmet need
    • Not all students who receive an award letter are eligible for FWS. Students who do not have an Award Letter like the must wait to have their eligibility determined by the Financial Aid Office before they complete a Job Request Form. Award letters are viewable on MyECC.

How to apply for a FWS Award

  If you are interested in participating in the FWS program and if you meet the program requirements fill out the following application:

On and Off Campus Employers

Managers, faculty and staff may hire FWS students to work within their division/department.  

Follow these instructions if you are interested in hiring a FWS student employee.

Off-Campus Employers

Off-campus employers may also participate as a partner in the El Camino College Federal Work Study Program (FWSP). Whether you are a private for profit company, non-profit organization or government agency, the FWSP can provide you with student employees representing a diverse group of majors and experience to assist you meet your employment needs while you, the employer, provide the student with a valuable real-world learning experience. The employer's share of student wages varies depending on the employer's status.

Please review the information below to determine your status and share of FWS obligation. If you think that your organization may benefit or if you are interested in partnering with El Camino College and the FWS Program, please contact the FWS coordinator, Mr. Luis Mancia at 310-660-3593 Ext. 3496, for additional information.

 Non-Profit or Government Agencies

  • Non-profit or government agencies can receive up to 75% share of the FWS student's hourly wages

  • Contact the FWS Coordinator for additional assistance

Private Companies

  • Private for-profit companies receive up to 50% share of the FWS student's hourly wages

  • Contact the FWS Coordinator for additional assistance

Federal Work Study Program Benefits

  • Talented students with various levels of knowledge, talents and abilities

  • A subsidy of at least 50% towards the student employee's hourly wages

  • Free job postings to hire FWS students

  • Job site interviews

  • Community partnership with El Camino College 

  • Provide real-world work experience to a college student

Documents Required to Employ a FWS Student

  • El Camino College FWS Contract

  • FWS Payroll Authorization

  • Certificate of Insurance 

For more information about the Federal Work Study Program, contact Luis Mancia at (310) 660-3593 Ext. 3496 or via email at lmancia@elcamino.edu