Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study program at South Texas College of Law has several benefits:

1. Provides financial assistance to students who have financial need and desire to work.
2. Provides experience and training to students.
3. Provides networking opportunities with faculty, staff and professionals in the community.
4. Lowers the amount that you will borrow by decreasing your Graduate PLUS loans.
5. Allows you to work around your class schedule.

How to apply for Work Study

IMPORTANT: Students must receive their official start date by Student Services prior to working. This date will be established throughout the fourth phase.

1) Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • The Department of Education requires a current FAFSA application on file to demonstrate Financial Need. Please allow 3-5 business days after submission for STCL to receive your FAFSA application.

2) Search and apply for work-study job postings within Symplicity.

  • Students may search for, and apply to, open Federal Work Study positions. If it is determined that a student is ineligible for Federal Work Study employment, the student may still search and apply for open College Work Study positions.

3) Supervisors will initiate the hiring process by submitting a Hire Form via etrieve.

  • On campus Supervisors may submit a WorkStudy – On Campus Hire Form online to review potential candidate(s) Federal Work Study eligibility, or to directly hire a student, for their position.
  • Off campus Firms/Organizations will contact the Office of Student Services to ensure program participation contracts are up-to-date. Then they will be sent the WorkStudy – Off Campus Hire Form to initiate the hiring process for a student.

4) Complete New Hire, or Re-Hire, paperwork.

  • If you are extended an offer for work study employment, then you will receive communication to complete HR paperwork. Additional documentation needed will consist of proof of identity, employment authorization, and bank account ownership for direct deposit.
  • Students may not begin working until the hiring process is completed.

5) Establish a work schedule and begin employment.

  • Student employees will work with their supervisor to establish a work schedule around their courses not to exceed 20 hours per week.



Federal Work Study funds that are awarded to eligible students must be included in the Financial Aid Package. This may result in reduction of the Graduate Plus Loan amount (or the Alternative Loan if applicable) to ensure a student’s total financial assistance does not exceed their Cost of Attendance per term.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered eligible for Federal Work Study employment, students must:

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Accept the Federal Work Study (FWS) award as a part of their Financial Aid Package offer.
  • Meet and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid purposes.
  • Must not hold another active student employee position.


For questions concerning eligibility please contact the Office of Student Services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

For more information or assistance with the Federal Work Study (FWS) program please reach out to us below.

General questions and concerns:

Office Student Services and Support
(713) 646-1701

Active student employee questions and concerns:

Christina Nutall, Assistant Director, Student Services
(713) 646-1775

Active/Potential Employer questions and concerns:

Chandra Gonzalez, Senior Director, Student Services
(713) 646-1772