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Federal Work Study Program

General Information

The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded program and is awarded to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office at El Camino College. The FWS Program affords students with an opportunity to work on or off campus and earn money to supplement expenses not covered by grants or loans. To apply and participate in the FWS program, a student must enroll at least half time (6 units) during the fall and spring semesters.  


El Camino College receives a limited amount of FWS funds and eligible students are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Receiving a FWS award does not guarantee employment.  It is the students' responsibility to follow the appropriate steps to secure employment.

Student Employment

Eligible students may apply for employment to work on or off campus through the FWS program.  Complete the following procedures to obtain student employment at El Camino College.


2016-17 Employment

Application available now

These instructions are for students whose location is Torrance.  Students who have a Compton location should visit the Financial Aid Office at the Compton Center for assistance on obtaining employment

  • Complete a 2016-17 FAFSA

  • Submit requested forms if any to the Financial Aid Office located in the Administration Building, Room 138

  • Meet all requirements for federal student aid

  • Wait to receive a 2016-17 award letter (View sample of Award letter,  and sample of Revised Award Letter)

    • Not all students who receive an award letter are eligible for FWS

    • Students who do not have an award letter like the samples must not complete an application
  • Complete a FWS Job Request Form (only students who have a 2016-17 Award  Letter or Revised Award Letter)

  • Follow the instructions on the Job Request Form


On and Off Campus Employers

Managers, faculty and staff may hire approved FWS students to work within their division/department.  Follow these instructions if you are interested in hiring a FWS student employee.

Off-Campus Employers

Off-campus employers may also participate as a partner in the El Camino College Federal Work Study Program (FWSP). Whether you are a private for profit company, non-profit organization or government agency, the FWSP can provide you with student employees representing a diverse group of majors and experience to assist you meet your employment needs while you, the employer, provide the student with a valuable real-world learning experience. The employer's share of student wages varies depending on the employer's status.

Please review the information below to determine your status and share of FWS obligation. If you think that your organization may benefit or if you are interested in partnering with El Camino College and the FWS Program, please contact the FWS coordinator, Mr. Luis Mancia at 310-660-3593 Ext. 3496, for additional information.


Non-Profit or Government Agencies

  • Non-profit or government agencies can receive up to 75% share of the FWS student's hourly wages

  • Contact the FWS Coordinator for additional assistance

Private Companies

  • Private for-profit companies receive up to 50% share of the FWS student's hourly wages

  • Contact the FWS Coordinator for additional assistance

Federal Work Study Program Benefits

  • Talented students with various levels of knowledge, talents and abilities

  • A subsidy of at least 50% towards the student employee's hourly wages

  • Free job postings to hire FWS students

  • Job site interviews

  • Community partnership with El Camino College 

  • Provide real-world work experience to a college student

Documents Required to Employ A FWS Student

  • El Camino College FWS Contract

  • FWS Payroll Authorization

  • Certificate of Insurance 

For more information about the Federal Work Study Program, contact Luis Mancia at (310) 660-3593 Ext. 3496 or via email at



 Last Published 6/27/16