Federal Work Study

Kekaulike Center

‘Ilima, Rm 102

Hours of Operation
Mon to Fri
8 am – 4 pm
Phone: (808) 734-9555
Fax: (808) 734-9896

Mon to Fri
9 am – 3 pm
FA Service Window – Diamond Head end of ‘Ilima 101
Admissions & Records Service Window – ‘Ewa end of ‘Ilima 102

Closed Weekends & State Holidays

Business Office - Cashiering

‘Ilima, Rm 106
Phone: (808) 734-9524
Fax: (808) 734-9579
(please attention emails to: Kapi‘olani CC Business Office - Cashiering)


School Code:001613
Priority Application Date: March 1

Federal Work Study (FWS)

Federal Work Study is awarded by Financial Aid Office as part of your financial aid package. It allows you to earn money to help you pay for the educational and personal expenses of attending college. It does not automatically cover the cost of tuition since FWS funds are issued as paychecks for hours worked. To determine if you have an award, review your Award on your MyUH portal.

Your FWS award is determined by the information provided by your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once the Financial Aid Office receives and reviews your application, an FWS award may be granted based on financial need.

Requirements a student must meet to participate in the work-study:

  • You must have been offered and officially accepted a work-study award for the current academic year
  • You must be a Kapi‘olani CC student enrolled in at least half-time
  • Students who receive a Federal Work-Study financial aid award must apply for the Work-Study jobs listed on the SECE job search website, (some jobs are not available to students without Work-Study).
  • You must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Additional criteria may be required by the Financial Aid Office

In order to receive your FWS award, once you start working, you will record those hours on your timesheet and submit them to your employer for approval. After it has been approved and processed, you will receive a paycheck for the net wages earned. You may earn up to the dollar amount of your work-study award within the start and end dates of the academic semester.

Please note: the work-study does not guarantee a job. You must apply for positions and go through an interview. However, having an FWS award may give you an advantage over non-FWS students when applying for jobs.

Do you need help finding a job? The Employment Prep Center assists students, employers, and faculty with all aspects of on and off-campus employment.