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Work Study

photoAs a part of Columbus State's Career Services office, Student Employment is a resource that helps currently enrolled students find part-time employment opportunities on-campus and off-campus through our network of non-profit partners. Some positions are open to all students, while others may require a type of Financial Aid known as Federal Work Study. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Columbus State Community College.

Eligibility does not guarantee employment, and pre-employment checks, including a criminal background check are required. Columbus State is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Employment Types

The type of student employment you qualify for depends on your enrollment level at Columbus State and if you were awarded Federal Work Study as a portion of your Financial Aid.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) provides students with high financial need employment opportunities through part-time student employment. Not all students receiving need based aid will qualify or be awarded FWS as funding for this aid program is limited. If you are unsure if you have FWS or not, check your Financial Aid award letter via CougarWeb or contact the Student Employment Staff.

Hired students earn their FWS award by working a regular work schedule and are paid twice a month through a regular paycheck. Total earnings for the academic year are limited to the total dollar amount of the award, but most students, if working a moderate schedule of 10-12 hours per week, can make their FWS award last most of the academic year. Earnings can be used by the student to off-set cost of living and/or other costs of attending Columbus State. FWS earnings are not credited toward future tuition and fees charges or past due balances. Six credit hours of enrollment or more at Columbus State are required at all times for a student to pursue and/or continue a FWS position.

Off-Campus Community Work Study

A subset of the Federal Work Study program, Community Work Study offers students the chance to pursue employment with any one of Columbus State's nonprofit and government partners. These partnerships offer students the unique opportunity to earn their Federal Work Study award in service to the local community. Positions are as varied as the community partners, and many students find positions related to their degree (e.g. Early Childhood Development).

Community Partners:

  • Child Development Council of Franklin County, Inc.
  • Columbus City Schools
  • Columbus Historical Society
  • Columbus Literacy Council
  • Equitas Health
  • Faith Mission
  • Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio
  • HandsOn Central Ohio
  • Life Skills High School
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Stratford Ecological Center


College Work Study (regular student employment)

Some on-campus departments are able to hire students without Federal Work Study through College Work Study. Financial Aid and a current FAFSA are not required. These regular student jobs are open to any student enrolled in three or more credit hours regardless of financial aid status. If you were not awarded FWS as a part of your aid, you would default into this category of student employment. College Work Study has no earning limit for the academic year as does FWS.

Schedule Limitations

The maximum work schedule for any student employee is 20 hours per week during the academic term and 30 hours per week during the academic break.

Pay Rates

College or Federal Work Study I and II – $8.15 per hour (as of January 1, 2017)

I: Minimal to no prior work experience required. Basic duties completed under direct supervision.

II: Some prior work experience and/or education may be required. Duties completed independently and under direct supervision with a moderate amount of autonomy and situational decision making.

College or Federal Work Study III - $10.00 per hour

Reserved for student positions requiring significant education, skills, and/or prior experience. Duties largely completed with autonomy. Student responsible for high level decision making and interpretation of situations, policy, and department procedures. May oversee activities of Work Study I or II.

International Students

International students are permitted to work part-time on the premises of Columbus State's campus and are welcome to apply for any student employment position as long as it does not require Federal Work Study eligibility. International students per visa requirements must be enrolled full-time (12 credits hours or more) and are limited to no more than 20 hours per week. For a full overview of eligibility requirements for employment as an international student visit International Enrollment Services in Madison Hall.

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