Federal Work Study Program

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a type of financial aid designed to assist needy students with the cost of college, including tuition, fees, transportation and books. Most students who participate in Federal Work-Study (FWS) work ten to twelve hours per week during periods of enrollment, although individual students may have different levels of eligibility. The FWS program has limited funds; therefore, we do not have the resources to offer a FWS position to every needy student who applies.

To qualify:

  • a student must be enrolled at least half-time (six or more credits per semester),
  • demonstrate adequate financial need
    • financial need is determined by the Financial Aid Office when a student files the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submits all other requested documents,
    • generally, a student must have at least $2,700 of unmet need.

If you are interested in obtaining a FWS position for the 2018–2019 academic year, whether it’s on-campus or off-campus at one of our non-profit community service partners, you must first meet the basic eligibility guidelines noted above:

  • complete the 2018–2019 FWS Application & Interest Form, and be sure to include list of preferred job sites (see below)
  • submit the 2018-2019 Federal Work-Study Application & Interest Form to the MWCC Financial Aid Office beginning August 1, 2018
  • comply with any additional hiring requirements imposed by hiring departments, such as CORI/SORI checks and/or supplemental application

Upon receipt of FWS applications:

  • the Financial Aid Office screens applicants to ensure eligibility,
  • qualified applicants are then forwarded to the job sites with existing openings,
  • the job site will contact students directly to schedule interviews and complete the hiring process.

Positions Available (Please check back for updated listings.)

Job Site/Department Job Summary Status
Access & Transition Office Responsible for office coverage, filing and organization, support event setup, execution and breakdown, direct student questions to appropriate individuals, general office support, support budget manager with financial tracing and spending request submissions, Open
Admissions Office/
Conduct campus tours, support events, community outreach, tele-counseling, photocopying, filing, representing MWCC at both on and off campus functions, various office/clerical tasks. Open
Advising Greet students, answer telephones, filing, assist with mailings, assist with projects & departmental events. Open
Art Department Responsible for organization and cleanliness of studios and the Art Dept. Closed
Broadcast & Electronic Media (BCT) Operate broadcast equipment, clean/update on-line studios, audio studios, deliver A/V equipment, operate PA system, etc. Closed
Biotech Dept. Laboratory Keep glassware clean, keep lab area stocked w/ supplies, perform sub-culturing, autoclave culture tubes, etc. Closed
Business, Science & Technology Dept. Answer phones, distribute mail, order supplies, copying, preparing program info packets, assist w/ departmental mailings. Closed
Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement Responsible for supporting civic engagement programs administered by Center for Democracy & Humanity, web-page over-site, processing mailings, filing, sending email blasts, etc. Open
Division of Life Long Learning Answer phones, filing, photocopying, assist with mailings & other projects as needed. Closed
Facilities/Sustainability Work on campus-wide initiatives directed towards developing a sustainable campus. Update website, create posters, pro- mote farmer’s market, etc. Open
Financial Aid Office Responsible for general office duties, greeting customers, answering phones, filing, assisting w/ mailings, ability to maintain high level of confidentiality a must. Closed
Food Services
(Green St. Café)
General clean-up, stocking food & supplies. Organization of walk-ins, & refrigerators. Maintenance of linens. Sanitize food contact surfaces. Open
Foundation Provide clerical assistance to the Foundation. Assist w/ mailings, answer phone calls, organize events, etc. Closed
GID Lab Assist students in open labs, check photo discs and stock books, manage phones, make copies for faculty, check out equipment, etc. Closed
Greenhouse & Laboratories Wash/stock glassware, fill cleaner bottles in labs, monitor bio-hazard bags in labs, stock labs, help with setups & breakdown of labs. Closed
Health Services Answer phones, make appointments, receive visitors at MWCC Health Services office. Gather & provide information for upcoming Student Health 101. Assist w/ health service videos. Closed
Human Resources Answer telephones, prepare & mail correspondence, maintain files & records, answer inquiries as appropriate, prepare standardized forms, such as receipts, food order forms, etc. Closed
Information Technology Clean computer labs, remove hard drives from computers, installation of operating systems, upgrading computers, and assisting w/ Help Desk customer service matters. Closed
Leominster Campus Assist w/ administrative duties, such as photocopying, faxing, filing, mailings, answering telephones, etc. Open
Library Re-shelve books, clean & organize stacks, maintain study area, check library materials in/out, etc. Closed
Mail Services Answer phones, filing, delivery of mail & supplies, sort mail, assist with stocking of store-room, etc. Closed
Marketing Archive existing media to digital format & develop, maintain and assist with marketing content and media. Work w/video, photos & online content. Excellent writing skills required. Closed
Open Computer Lab Assist students with computer questions/issues, maintenance and upkeep of the computer lab area, cleaning monitors, etc. Closed
Records Office Answer phones, assist w/ filing, mailings, front desk coverage & special projects as assigned. Closed
School Newspaper Answering phones, assisting visitors, filing, photocopying, deliver newspaper throughout campus, special projects. Closed
Student Activities Filing, photocopying, posting flyers, assisting w/ student IDs and special events, answering phones, complete expense forms & purchase orders. Open
Student Services Answer telephones, photocopying, filing, other office tasks such as faxing and assisting students. Closed
Veterans’ Success Center Monitor & assist with Veteran’s webpage. Assist w/ veteran’s events. Clerical office duties, such as filing & answering telephones. Closed
Visions Department Filing, typing, faxing, reception, photocopying, answering telephones, etc. Closed
Athol Orange TV Production assistant responsible for operation of automatic playback system, editing, lighting, audio, graphics. Greeting people, answering phones, etc. Open
Boys & Girls Club Assist w/ supervision of club members, stimulate program participation, register new members, aide in their orientation, provide guidance & role modeling to members. Open
Elm Street School Tutor Tutor – Duties include assisting students in academic & curriculum activities in small group & 1-on-1 situations; tutor students in reading and/or math skills. Open
Fitchburg Public Access TV Responsible for assisting w/ daily operation of access TV station, including creating electronic bulletin board announcements, equipment checks, studio and phone work. Open
Franklin Comm. Action Corp. Assist in development & implementation of community-based programs for low-income youth, ages 6-14. Provide behavioral & emotional support to youth, etc. Closed
Guild of Saint Agnes Assist w/ direct care of children, assist teachers w/ curriculum, and tutor children ages pre-K to 8 in reading &/or math. Closed
Hope House Administrative duties to include: answering phones, filing, making appointments, etc. Open
Hope House (Tutor) Assist w/ mentoring children in grades K-2 via PALS program; tutoring children in reading & math skills, assist w/ after school program. Open
MOC Child Care & Head Start Assist w/ office duties, such as designing flyers & filing. Help w/ classroom activities & mealtime. Tutor children w/ reading skills. Open
North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy Should have an interest in human services & community organization. Assist coordinators w/ information management, computer system, and outreach to benefit clientele of NQCA. Closed
Spanish American Center Duties include greeting clients, answering phones, completing intake forms, preparing letters & reports, processing mail, assisting w/ food pantry; bilingual strongly encouraged. Open
Trustees of Reservations Event coordination, room set-up, Microsoft Word & Excel background preferred, filing, data-entry, research, assist staff w/ other administrative duties. Closed
United Way Program Recruit student volunteers for Alternative Spring Break, co-ordinate media and plan for volunteer-recognition events. Open
Waterford Street School Tutor Tutor – Work in classroom w/ Kindergarten children; assist students in academic/curriculum activities; tutor children in reading skills. All activities occur in both group & 1-on-1 settings. Closed


Wheeler Memorial Library Greet patrons at the Children’s Room circulation desk, check materials in/out, supervise the usage of public access PCs, etc. Open


What Is A Federal Work-Study Job?

Federal Work-Study is a campus-based program that provides funding for jobs for students who demonstrate financial need.
"It’s so rewarding working for the school, you just learn so much, and I feel like from work-study you just get so much more out of your school."

Danielle Waseleski, Liberal Arts 2017 Graduate

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