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 Student Financial Service office after the FAFSA form has been submitted. Generally, a student must have at least $2,700 of unmet need.

Interested in obtaining an FWS position for the 2021-2022 academic year?

First, you must meet the basic eligibility guidelines noted above:

✔️ Complete the 2021-2022 Federal Workstudy Application

✔️ Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA

✔️ Complete any hiring requirements by departments (e.g., CORI/SORI checks, etc.)

Upon receipt of FWS applications:

  • The Office of Student Financial Service 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
Job Site/Department Job Summary
Academic Support Center Assist students with basic computer navigation questions.  Greet students as they enter the center, refer to appropriate staff member for assistance.  Oversee all printers in library to be sure they are running efficiently.  Filing, assist with mailings, projects, department events as well as answering phones.
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,
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.
Advising Greet students, answer telephones, filing, assist with mailings, assist with projects & departmental events, assist during events, student outreach, other duties as needed.
Art Department Responsible for organization and cleanliness of studios and the Art Dept.
Broadcast & Electronic Media (BCT) Operate broadcast equipment, clean/update on-line studios, audio studios, deliver A/V equipment, operate PA system, etc.
Biotech Dept. Laboratory Keep glassware clean, keep lab area stocked w/ supplies, perform sub-culturing, autoclave culture tubes, etc.
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. Back up for SOS and Food for Thought Campus Pantry.    Food for Thought Campus Pantry:  Attend food pantry orientation/training; follow food safety guidelines; administer and process food pantry intake forms; record number of items each user takes; organize and label all food with expiration dates; aid in maintaining social media and website; support fundraising efforts.
Facilities/Sustainability Work on campus-wide initiatives directed towards developing a sustainable campus. Update website, create posters, pro- mote farmer’s market, etc.
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.
Food Services
(Green St. Café)
General clean-up, stocking food & supplies. Organization of walk-ins, & refrigerators. Maintenance of linens. Sanitize food contact surfaces.
Health Services Welcome visitors to Health Services and strict adherence to confidentiality.  Work independently with directions, filing confidential records timely and accurately.  Compiling monthly statistical data, answer telephones and communicate accurate messages.  Identify emergent situations and activate/initiate emergency response team, distribute printed health and wellness information and provide coverage at MWCC Health Service outreach/educational tables.  Organize and maintain a clean and neat office appearance.
Information Technology Clean computer labs, remove hard drives from computers, installation of operating systems, upgrading computers, and assisting w/ Help Desk customer service matters.
Leominster Campus Assist w/ administrative duties, such as photocopying, faxing, filing, mailings, answering telephones, etc.  Assist with events, meetings as needed, flexible hours as well as evening hours required
Mail Services Answer phones, filing, delivery of mail & supplies, sort mail, assist with stocking of store-room, etc.
Maintainer Empty recycling and trash, clean restrooms, sweep classrooms, furniture setup, complete school requests
Open Computer Lab Assist students with computer questions/issues, maintenance and upkeep of the computer lab area, cleaning monitors, etc.
Print Shop Assist supervisor in paper organization & stocking.  Project delivery and pick up; run projects from PC; setup projects to be ready to print; graphic software knowledge including Adobe & Microsoft Office.
Records Office Answer phones, assist w/ filing, mailings, front desk coverage & special projects as assigned.
School Newspaper Answering phones, assisting visitors, filing, photocopying, deliver newspaper throughout campus, special projects.  Proofread articles and final drafts of each new issue.  Attend weekly staff meetings, contribute to the paper three to four times per month with your area of interest.
Student Activities Filing, photocopying, posting flyers, assisting w/ student IDs and special events, answering phones, complete expense forms & purchase orders.
Student Services Answer telephones, photocopying, filing, other office tasks such as faxing and assisting students.
Rx and Visions Programs Filing, typing, faxing, reception, photocopying, answering telephones.  Schedule appointments, maintain student folders, program records and basic data collection, assist with mailings.
Athol Orange TV Production assistant responsible for operation of automatic playback system, editing, lighting, audio, graphics. Greeting people, answering phones, etc.
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.
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.
Family Support Facilitate Childcare Groups; Home visiting with family support visitor; general office duties; assist with tasks related to parent education groups; cleaning and organizing. (2 openings 10 hrs per week)
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.
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.
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.
Hope House Administrative duties to include: answering phones, filing, making appointments, etc.
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.
MOC Child Care & Head Start Assist teachers in classroom, assist in meal preparation & clean up, engage with preschool children, preparation of materials for activities, organize activities to go home with children, administrative tasks
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.
Spanish American Center Duties include greeting clients, answering phones, completing intake forms, preparing letters & reports, processing mail, assisting w/ food pantry; bilingual strongly encouraged.
Trustees of Reservations Event coordination, room set-up, Microsoft Word & Excel background preferred, filing, data-entry, research, assist staff w/ other administrative duties.
United Way Program Recruit student volunteers for Alternative Spring Break, co-ordinate media and plan for volunteer-recognition events.
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.
Wheeler Memorial Library Greet patrons at the Children’s Room circulation desk, check materials in/out, supervise the usage of public access PCs, etc.