Types of Positions

Non-Work Study

Non-Work Study (NWS) positions are available to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students regardless of financial need. These temporary student positions are paid by institutional funds or grants. Positions range from one semester to one year in duration. Students in these positions generally work 1-20 hours per week, but may exceed 20 hours during breaks. NWS positions may be worked during the summer months as long as a student has completed coursework during the prior semester and is continuing enrollment during the summer or upcoming fall semester.   

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions allow undergraduate, degree-seeking students with financial need the opportunity to work part-time to earn money for educational expenses. These temporary student positions are paid by a match of federal (75%) and institutional funds (25%). Positions range in duration from one semester to one academic year in duration. Refer to the Dates Impacting Hiring for the exact dates FWS students may work. Students in these positions may not work more than 20 hours per week and may only have one FWS position at a time. FWS positions are not available during the summer. 

Students who qualify for FWS may be employed by departments on the College of Charleston campus or by approved off-campus community partners. Community partners change annually, so eligible students should contact the Student Employment Office for a list of current partners and available positions. Positions include tutoring, mentoring, and other project specific opportunities. 

If you have questions regarding the application and awarding process, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs for assistance. 

Graduate Assistantships 

Graduate, Research, and Teaching Assistantships are a form of aid through which graduate students are paid for the work they perform. They are often related to the students' studies or areas of specialization. Assistantships are temporary graduate student positions paid by institutional funds or grants. Graduate students work between 10-20 hour per week and may have more than one assistantship concurrently. All Graduate Assistant positions must be approved the Graduate Office.