Federal Work-Study and America Reads/America Counts Grants

A federal Work-Study grant allows you to earn to earn a portion of your education expenses by working in a work-study designated position part-time (15–20 hours/week on average).

A federal Work-Study grant allows you to earn to earn a portion of your education expenses by working in a work-study designated position part-time (15–20 hours/week on average). The number of hours you can work depends on your total work-study award, your class schedule, and your academic progress. Work-study funds awarded are limited by availability of positions, funds, and completion of the interview process.

If you are awarded a work-study grant, there are no limitations on your earnings in a given term, but you cannot exceed the annual limits described in your award letter. You will be paid on the 15th of each month, according to the position and the number of hours worked.

Eligibility and Requirements

To qualify or be eligible for consideration for a work-study grant and any vacant federal work-study position, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • demonstrated financial need
  • be enrolled in at least six credit hours in an eligible program (for summer, be enrolled in at least one class)
  • hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • possess skills required for position
  • must not be in default on a federal loan

Apply for a Work-Study Position

After your financial aid file is complete (including applying for work-study), you have been accepted to the college, and you are awarded work-study, you will need to apply for a work-study position. 

To search and apply for available work-study positions at Central Piedmont, create a profile on the Central Piedmont Human Resources employment website:

  • Select from the drop downs:

    • Classified
    • Part-Time
    • Location [Where You Want to Work]
  • Click Search
  • Look for positions with "Federal Work Study" in the title.
  • Review position functions and job duties.
  • If interested in the position, click on Apply Now.
  • Apply for as many positions as you are interested in.

If you meet all qualifications, including required skills, GPA, need, etc. and are selected for an interview, a work-study supervisor will contact you. If you are recommended for a position:

  • The supervisor will notify the Financial Aid Office.
  • You will receive an email providing links to new hire forms that you will need to complete before you begin working.
  • You will need to contact Human Resources to schedule a new hire appointment.
  • You will need to meet with HR to submit your completed forms. Complete forms under “Part-Time” Employment Forms.”
  • A background check will be conducted.
  • You will be notified of your start date by your work-study supervisor.
  • You will sign a work-study authorization form.
  • Once you begin working, you will need to complete the federal work-study timesheet.

For more information about these programs, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

America Reads/America Counts

The America Reads/America Counts Grant is a federal work-study program that allows you to earn a portion of your education expenses while gaining work and service experience as a reading (America Reads) or math/science (America counts) tutor for individual children. You may also provide other classroom support.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • demonstrated financial need
  • be enrolled at least 6 credit hours in an eligible program
  • hold a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • must have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework at Central Piedmont prior to the eligibility review period (the America Reads eligibility review period is normally prior to the start of the fall semester)
  • possess skills required for position
  • not be in default on a federal loan

If you apply for grants and meet all qualifications, including required skills, GPA, need, etc., you will be notified by mail prior to the start of the fall semester if you have been selected for consideration for the America Reads/Counts programs.