Federal Work-Study/Local Jobs

Interested in an opportunity to earn money for necessities and educational expenses at Berkeley City College? Gain valuable job skills and experiences with Federal Work Study (FWS) during this 2021-2022 school year!

There are a variety of on-campus and off-campus positions available at this time.

To be eligible, you must be a financial aid recipient enrolled in at least 6 units at Berkeley City College.

To check if you qualify, submit your resume to the Federal Work Study Coordinator Nghi Dong at ndong@peralta.edu.

Federal Work Study (FWS) job is a federal financial assistance program that enables eligible students to work on or off campus. To learn more about FWS, watch the Financial Aid TV video or read the Federal Work Study Handbook. The award is based on the student’s financial need, and on the availability of funds. In order to be employed under this program, a student must have first applied for, been offered, and accepted a financial aid award, which includes Federal Work Study. Please contact our office if you have been awarded or interested in Federal Work Study (FWS) for jobs availability. Student workers must meet financial aid requirements as well as any department job requirements. Students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours a week when school is in session and up to 40 hours when school is not in session. FWS funds are limited and are awarded on a first come first serve basis. The FWS award will be canceled if you do not arrive for placement within 14 working days of the date on the award letter.

Your Work-Study Specialist Contact information:

Nghi Dong
Financial Aid Specialist
(510) 981-2878 


To be considered for FWS, interested students must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Have a need for financial aid as demonstrated by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be enrolled in at least half time (6 units) and at least one class at Berkeley City College each semester.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress at least a 2.0 GPA. 

 If you drop below 6 units or withdraw from school, you must stop working and report to the Financial Aid Office immediately.

Please provide a copy of your resume to the Financial Aid Office if you meet the above qualifications.
The following is a list of rights of employees under the Federal Work Study Program:
  1.  A student is entitled to a paid 15-minute break after a 4-hour consecutive work period.
  2.  A student is entitled to a meal period of not less than 30 minutes within a daily work period of five or more hours, except when a work period of not more than six hours will complete the day’s work. In that case, the meal period may be waived by the mutual consent of the supervisor and the student assistant. Meal periods are not paid time.
  1. Students must submit all necessary paperwork for their employment prior to commencing work.
  2. Students must conduct themselves as responsible workers and are prohibited from specific actions listed in the FA Handbook.
  3. Students must report to work on time.
  4. Students must notify (as soon as possible) their supervisor if they are going to be late or unable to work.
  5. Students are not to conduct personal business on the job.
  6. Students must adhere to the confidentially of the job and department.
  7. Students must refer to individuals and/or situations that are beyond their job scope and responsibility to their supervisor.
  8. Students may not work at times when their classes are in session. If a student’s class gets canceled and the student wants to work during that time period, the student must provide evidence that their class got canceled by their supervisor.
  9. Students must report hours accurately on their monthly time sheets.
  10. Students must report all earned hours and submit their timesheets immediately if students are no longer working.
  11. Students must submit all time sheets on time, or their paychecks may be held for an additional payroll period.

On and Off Campus Information 

Below is the list of all the departments and locations where Federal Work-Study students have worked in the past. However, there may be more options than the ones listed below. Please check with the financial aid office for availability.


Alternate Media Technology Office

Audio Media Office

Business Office 

Campus Life


Chemistry/Biology Lab


Curriculum, Student Learning Outcome, & Assessment Office



Financial Aid Office 

Learning Resource Center / Tutoring 


Multimedia Department


Public Information/Marketing 

Transfer Center 

Undocumented Community Resource Center


Berkeley Public Library 

Cal Sailing Club, Berkeley

Multicultural Institute, Richmond

YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, Berkeley