What is Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

Federal Work-Study gives students the opportunity to work on or off campus in order to earn money to pay for educational expenses as a type of financial aid.

General Information

Federal Work-Study students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week with various programs and departments. Positions include: office aides, tutors, childcare assistants, lab assistants, library aides, etc. Students receive a paycheck every 15th of the month for the hours worked.

How to Apply

1.Submit a FAFSA for the current academic year. 
2. Indicate interest in the FWS program on the FAFSA.
3.Complete any unsatisfied student requirements for financial aid. 
4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and be on good standing.

Upcoming Changes: 2019-2020 Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program

 The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program will be implementing a new process in the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year.This change will apply to all FWS students (new and continuing). 

2018-2019 Process

Currently, students interested in the program must complete their financial aid file prior to adding their name on the waitlist in the financial aid office. This process was on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

2019-2020 Process

With the new process, all students must:

  • Complete and answer ‘Yes’ to “If you are interested in being considered for work-study” on the 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Students must also meet the following requirements to participate in the FWS program:
    • Maintain Good Academic Standing
    • Meet Student Academic Progress
      • Cumulative 2.0 GPA and Cumulative 67% pace rate
    • Complete all unsatisfied student requirements by April 30, 2019
  • Must ‘accept’ or ‘deny’ the FWS offer when they receive the ‘Offer Notification’ email
  • Must attend the mandatory FWS Orientation

America Counts Tutoring Program

Since our inception in Spring 2004, we have provided over 12,000 hours of community service. Skyline College's Financial Aid Office in coordination with the The Learning Center and local elementary schools are committed to a continued effort in improving the education of our future leaders.

Requirements for the Tutoring Program

  • Receive financial aid for the current academic year
  • Not be over 90 units or on probation
  • English tutors: placed in ENGL 846 or higher
  • Math tutors: placed in MATH 110 or higher
  • Ability to make a one year commitment

How to Apply

Fill out an Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office.


  • Provide long-term and focused tutorial assistance to elementary school-aged children underachieving in reading and math
  • Provide systematic training to Skyline College undergraduate students in strategies for tutoring
  • Provide a high quality mentoring program that enriches learning opportunities for both college and elementary school students
  • Assist community college students by enhancing their education and commitment in learning while serving the community


  • To motivate others, especially college-aged students, to work with their community schools to help bring about change in young students' lives.
  • To show how, through Service-Learning, everyone benefits. Whether it is the student who learns to read at a level-higher, or the volunteer who learns that by helping one child succeed and learn, society has one more adult that can read and write.


For more information regarding the Federal Work-Study or America Counts Tutoring Program contact:

Aileen Conmigo Phuong