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Unlike other aid programs, work-study is aid that needs to be earned. Work-study is need based and limited in funding so not all students will qualify for it. A student awarded work-study will only receive the funding if they secure a position and work the hours.
Work-study positions are available on campus and at non-profit agencies in the community. Employers are flexible in setting work hours to accommodate a student's class schedule. MCC policy limits students to working no more than 19 hours per week so that a student's studies are not adversely impacted.
Though work-study funding is taxable income, it is excluded from student wages on the FAFSA in the upcoming year.
MCC will offer Federal Work Study if there is sufficient unmet need after all other grants, scholarships and Federal Direct Subsidized Loans are awarded. It is not offered if on the FAFSA a student indicated they were not interested in being considered for work study.
Students are required to meet with the MCC Financial Aid office to complete a Work Study Employment Packet and the MCC Student Employment/Work Study Position Request form to identify positions of interest to the student, and discuss potential placement options. Position placements occur on a first come, first serve basis, after the student meets with the potential supervisor, and both parties agree to the placement.
Student employment can occur during any regular session of the academic year i.e. fall, spring, summer semesters.
Work-study students receive a paycheck like a regular employee. Pay periods start on the 16th of each month and end on the 15th of the following month, with payroll checks available to the student on the 25th of the month. Students may choose to have their payroll checks direct deposited into their accounts, after the first full pay period of employment, by completing the appropriate request.