For Cuesta College Departments or Off-Campus Employers:  

Follow these steps to hire a Federal Work Study (FWS) student:

  1. Set up an employer account at the Cuesta Jobs Link to post a "Federal Work-Study" position.
  2. Hire a "FWS Eligible" student. (FWS Eligible = enrolled in 6 units, meeting SAP, has financial aid eligibility to accommodate up to a $3000 award intended to last the entire Academic Year).
  3. Fill out the forms below and sign Supervisor sections of each document.
  4. Send to Financial Aid for processing where the Director of Financial Aid and the Dean of Student Services will sign the Director and Dean/VP portions.
  5. The FWS Coordinator will process the documents and send them to Human Resources.
  6. Human Resources contacts the student to arrange TB Testing, Fingerprinting, and New Employee Orientation.
  7. Human Resources will contact the Department for a start date and they notify them that a student is cleared for work.
  8. FWS will only pay for hours the students works as of the date they are cleared to work by HR.  FWS students can work no more than 8 hours a day or 20 hours a week.
  9. Timesheets are due the 20th of each month and should be printed by the Department and turned into Financial Aid. (Timesheets not received will be reported with 0 hours for the month).
  10. Contact the Employment Services Coordinator in Career Connections for Off-Campus FWS Jobs.

Need to check eligibility? Contact our FWS Coordinator Julie Salgado


Do Not Allow a Student to Work Until They Have Been Cleared to Work by HR!


Students Who Work Before They Clear HR Must Be Paid Out of Your Department's Funds!