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Student Employment Programs

Non-Work Study (NWS) Program

Non-work study (NWS) employment is available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at the College. Awards have no preset earning limit and students may work with any department on-campus.

Federal Work Study (FWS) Program

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program allows degree-seeking students with financial need the opportunity to work part time in order to earn money for educational expenses. Financial aid applicants who receive FWS awards may be employed by departments on the College of Charleston campus or by various approved off-campus sites. 

To receive FWS, a degree-seeking student should complete the FAFSA before the College of Charleston's priority deadline of March 1st, and complete any other federal requirements, like verification, in a timely manner. Due to the limited amount of FWS funds, the College requires that students submit a FWS request to be awarded FWS funds. Students that do not pick up a verification form or secure FWS employment are at risk of losing their award. Refer to the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs for additional information about receiving FWS. 

Community Service Federal Work Study Program

Community Service employment allows students with financial need the opportunity to work part time performing community service activities in order to earn money for educational expenses. Financial aid applicants who receive a Federal Work Study award as part of their financial aid package are eligible for community service employment opportunities located in specific departments on the College of Charleston campus or at approved off-campus work sites. Community Service Federal Work Study students may not be employed as non-work study students during the same employment period.

Students interested in community service employment or in the "America Reads" or the "America Counts" tutoring programs, should apply via CougarJobLink in MyCharleston, under Student Services tab. The hourly rate for community service positions is determined by the employer but will be at least the current minimum wage. Reading tutors are paid $8.00 an hour for hours worked. Students employed in community service positions are paid every two weeks. Refer to the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs for additional information about community service employment. 

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

Assistantships are a form of financial aid through which graduate students are paid for the work they perform. They are often related to students' studies or areas of specialization. Typically assistantships fall into one of the following categories: graduate, research, teaching.

A student who is awarded an assistantship is required to be a degree-seeking graduate student at the College of Charleston currently enrolled in graduate courses.  Applicants must be in good standing in their degree program.  Out-of-state students awarded an assistantship are eligible for an abatement, which are funds that cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. Refer to The Graduate School for more information about assistantships.