Work Study

College work-study is a student assistance program, which provides part-time employment for students. The earnings can be used to help pay educational expenses. Both on campus and off campus positions are available. To be considered for work-study, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the award year. On the FAFSA, you should answer "YES" to the question asking if you are interested in work-study. The information submitted on this application is analyzed to determine whether you are eligible for financial aid such as grants and work-study.


Eligibility Criteria:


  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Demonstrate calculated financial need.
  • Undergraduate Student.
  • Enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) during Fall/Spring. Summer no less than part-time (6-8 credit hours).
  • Maintain EPCC Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) criteria.
  • Male students (except exempted individuals) must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Not in default on a Federal Direct Loan or owe refund to federal grant.
  • Priority is giving to students applying by priority deadline of March 15th.

Once the information has been evaluated by our office and eligibility determined, an award letter listing  eligibility for financial aid is sent  to students.

     Work-study Guidelines

    You have accepted a role that makes you double important at El Paso Community College. Below are important factors you must know.


    • Students must be enrolled for 12 semester credit hours to be considered for the Work-Study Program. 
    • Each student will be given a total number of working hours per semester which should average to 15 hours worked per week.
    • A copy of the student’s class schedule should be provided to the supervisor in order to plan a work schedule.
      Your supervisor will monitor your work schedule.
    • Always inform your supervisor if you are not able to attend work for any reason.
    • Fall employment is effective as of starting dates on contract agreement.
    • Spring employment begins no earlier than the first day of school. Please do not start before.
    • The Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour.
    • Total pay per Fall or Spring term may not exceed the limit of identified financial need.  
    • Work-study students are not entitled to sick leave, paid vacation or paid holidays.
    • In order to continue employment under the College Work-study Program, students must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress as described in the El Paso Community College Catalog.
    • Students who have been placed on Financial Aid suspension, or have attempted 150% or more than the required hours to complete their degree do not qualify for the Work-Study Program. 


    NOTE: The Work-Study Program does not pay for studying during working hours.

     Hiring Process

    • Work-Study employment for Fall starts no earlier than September 1.
    • Students contact the supervisor listed for the position the student is interested from the web announcements.
    • Students must show the award letter of notification indicating their work-study eligibility to the supervisor before the interview.
    • If offered position first time applicants must complete the Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9) at:

                               Administrative Service Center

                               9050 Viscount

                               El Paso, Texas
                               Personnel Service Department, Room # A130

    • Students must provide  Social Security Card and an official picture ID (TX Drivers License, TX ID).
    • The Personnel Department will provide you with a clearance form that you must take to your supervisor.
    • The supervisor then completes the Personal Action Record (PAR) Form contract and provides a copy to the student. The form clearly indicates the total hours awarded to the student per semester.
    • Current or returning work-study students need to complete only the Work-Study Personnel Action Record Form (PAR) with the supervisor.  

     Time Sheets

    • Time sheets  are obtained from Supervisor.
    • The supervisor and student must sign a time sheet and provide an appropriate Payroll Account Number each month.
    • Late time sheets, missing signatures, or missing account numbers may delay the pay for the entire month.
    • Each student is expected to complete the lower left-hand box of the time sheet giving the student the knowledge of how many hours are remaining.
    • Do not exceed awarded hours per semester.
    • Each semester students are given a new set of hours, therefore do not carry any remaining hours to the following semester.
    • Time sheets are due in the Payroll Office on the last working day of each month.
    • Payday is normally the 15th of every month. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, your payday is on the Friday before.

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