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Work Study & Student Employment

What is Work-Study?

Work-Study is a financial aid program that allows students to work on-campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to help pay for post-secondary education. Work-Study is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you don't have to repay it). Students with Work-Study will have it included in their financial aid package. Being awarded Work-Study with financial aid can help a student be eligible for part-time jobs, both on- and off-campus, that they may not have otherwise been eligible for.

Student employees at Northern New Mexico College can make a significant contribution toward meeting their college costs. In addition, having a job while in school or during the summer may help prepare students for life after college.

Benefits of Student Work-Study Employment

Many families assume that it is unwise for students to work during the academic year. However, studies show that students who work a modest number of hours per week will, on average:

  • have higher GPAs,
  • graduate at a faster rate,
  • be less likely to drop out, and
  • earn job skills to include on their resumes

Why? Some possible explanations:

  • Working students become better organized and manage their time better.
  • Employment exposes students to more mentor-type relationships and increases interactions with "real world" people.

Work-Study Employment

Federal Work-Study is a financial aid program for students who have financial need. The program provides funds for part-time jobs for undergraduate students, allowing students to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Under the Work Study program, a percentage of students’ earnings is paid through federal funds, and the remainder is paid by the student's employer.

New Mexico State Work Study is a student employment program provides funds to employ qualified students who do not show financial aid eligibility in part-time jobs.

Students must be enrolled at least half-time and are paid bi-weekly each month.

Here’s how it works:

  • Students who wish to be considered for the Work-Study program must apply for aid through Northern New Mexico College's Financial Aid Office by completing the FAFSA.
  • Students who receive a Work-Study financial aid award may apply for the Work-Study jobs available (these jobs are not available to students without Work-Study).
  • To be eligible to apply for a Work-Study position, students must be enrolled at least half-time. Students may use their Work-Study awards to work for community service agencies. Contact the Financial Aid Office at (505) 747-2128 or by email at finaid@nnmc.edufor details.
  • When applying for Work-Study positions, students will need to show potential employers a copy of their award letter and provide a receipt of their current enrollment schedule. They must show proof that they are enrolled at least half-time.
  • Students may earn wages up to the amount listed on their financial aid award letter. Work-Study wages do not appear on the student’s college eBill; rather, the student earns a paycheck.
  • All time sheets must be submitted on time to the Financial Aid Office, any delay will postpone payment of the current pay period.
  • The Financial Aid Office administers the Work-Study program. Award amounts vary, based on available funding.

A Great Work-Study Option

America Reads is one example of an off-campus employer that hires and trains NNMC students with Work-Study awards to tutor at-risk, struggling readers and math students in grades k-6.  The goal of America Reads is to see that every American child can read and complete mathematical problems independently by the third grade. For more information, see the America Reads website or contact Financial aid via email at finaid@nnmc.edu.

How to Apply for Work-Study

Students must complete the FAFSA application and must ensure that their student file is complete within the Financial Aid Office. Work Study awards are awarded on a first come first serve basis until work study funds have been exhausted. Students who are awarded work-study must accept and return their award letter to the Financial Aid Office within 14 days of receiving the award. If no response is received within the 14 days, work study award(s) will be canceled. Those students who have accepted work-study will receive an Authorization Form from the Student Work Study Employment Coordinator that must be completed by both the student and the hiring supervisor. Available job postings are located within the Financial Aid Office bulletin board, are broadcast through email to each student on campus and will be posted on the financial aid Facebook page. It is important to note that being awarded work-study does not guarantee you a position.

After you have secured a job, you will need to take a copy of your award letter and the completed authorization form to the Human Resources department to complete the following forms for payroll purposes:

  • Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 Form
  • New Mexico W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate)
  • Direct Deposit Authorization Form (we encourage students to choose direct deposit)
  • Attend the New Student Hiring Orientation
  • Must return Authorization Form to the Financial Aid Office to approve work study

For more information on how to complete these forms or setup an appointment please contact the Human Resource Department at (505) 747-5044.

If you have a Work-Study job, don't forget to update your address and direct deposit information regularly to make sure you get paid on time!

Summer Employment

The summer months are an ideal time to work and save for the coming year's expenses. Working and saving during the summer can reduce the need to work during the academic year. You will want to get your employment set up for the summer months in advance to guarantee yourself a position. If a position cannot be found, please see the Student Work Study Employment Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office the first week of class to be placed where positions are available.


Updated 6/10/21

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