Funding for student employment is limited so positions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Most positions are filled prior to the start of the fall term.

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study. Participation in the FWS program is contingent on possessing the skills to do the job, as well as performing in a satisfactory manner.

Types of jobs 

SPC has three options for students in the Federal Work Study program:

  • Community Service, designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs
    • America Reads - tutoring elementary school students in reading
    • America Counts - tutoring middle school students in math
    • Rate of pay - $11.29 per hour
     
  • Working in different departments on campus
    • Rate of pay - $9.66 per hour
        
  • Financial Assistance Services Peer Advisor
    • Assist Financial Assistance Services on campus and in the Cyber Center by providing general information and assistance to students at the initial and intermediate stages of the financial aid process. Determine services needed by the student and refer them accordingly.
    • Rate of pay - $10.56 per hour

How you are paid 

You will be paid biweekly at the rates listed above. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total FWS award. When assigning work hours, your employer or Financial Aid Administrator will consider your award amount, your class schedule, and your academic progress.

What is a Federal Work-Study job?

The Student Assistant (SA) program is a campus-based employment program. Hiring is based on skills rather than financial need. Student eligibility is determined by availability of departmental funds. Participation in the SA program is contingent on possessing the skills to do the job, as well as performing in a satisfactory manner.

How you are paid 

You will be paid biweekly at a rate of $9.66 per hour. When assigning work hours, your employer will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.

To qualify for student employment at SPC, international students: 

  • Should visit an international student center on the St Pete Gibbs, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs campuses.
  • Are only eligible for Student Assistant jobs.
  • Need to have a Social Security Number (SSN) to complete the initial job application online. Before a SSN can be issued, international students are required to have a prospective job offer. The international center can provide students with a letter signed by the prospective hiring supervisor indicating the student is eligible to work. The student can then take the letter to a Social Security Administration office to request a Social Security Card. Once a Social Security Number is issued, the initial job application process can continue.
  • Are exempt from completing the FAFSA.