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Financial Aid Programs

Student Employment


Watch this space for upcoming
part-time student jobs for
Spring Quarter.


Scroll down this page to read about basic student employment eligibility requirements so you will be ready to apply when we post our jobs. 


(Note: Students will need to be in California for any of our remote Virtual Campus jobs.)



Getting an FWS Job


Foothill College student jobs give you an opportunity to earn money at a job on or near campus and to work with employers sensitive to the demands of your coursework.

Types of Student Jobs

 District-funded student jobs

  • These jobs are open to any student who is enrolled in at least 12 units at Foothill College (6 units if you are a CalWorks student) and who meets the academic eligibility requirements (see below).
  • All district-funded student jobs are on campus. There are no listings for these positions. You will need to apply directly to the departments you are interested in.
  • Note for International Students:  District-funded student jobs are the only campus jobs that you would be eligible for.
Federal Work-Study student jobs
  • These jobs are only open to those who have submitted a FAFSA for financial aid and have a  Pell Grant award, a Federal Direct Student Loan offer, or a “work-study job option” message in their financial aid award letter for the academic year in which they will work.
  • You must be enrolled in at least 6 units at Foothill College to apply.
  • In addition, you must be in an eligible financial-aid status and meet the academic eligibility requirements (below) that apply to all student employees.
  • Federal Work-Study student employees can generally earn up to the dollar amount listed in their on their award letter, and can never earn more than their financial aid unmet need.
  • Learn more about the Federal Work-Study Program.

Academic Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for student employment, Foothill must be your primary college and, if you are not a first-time Foothill-De Anza Community College District student,  you must have:
  • fewer than 180 attempted units at Foothill and De Anza Colleges combined (this includes units transferred in and units taken through Middle College);

  • a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (if you have a Foothill/De Anza GPA); and
  • a quarterly GPA of at least 2.0 in your most recent quarter*
    *Students who drop below a 2.0 Quarterly GPA will be eligible to work as soon as they earn a 2.0 GPA or higher in a quarter in which they earn at least 6.0 units. 


Is there an age requirement?

  •  International (F-1) students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Other students must be at least 16.
    • Students under the age of 18 must be able to bring proof of U.S. high school completion and proof of age (e.g., a birth certificate).

How much could I earn?

Wages range from $13.00 to $18.75 per hour, depending on the position, the level, and how long you've been on the job. Students can work a maximum of 19 hours per week.

  • Most students work fewer than 19 hours a week. The number of hours you work will depend on the job, how many hours you wish to work, and, if you're a Federal Work-Study employee, your FWS award.

What do I need to do after I am offered a student job?

Before you start working, you and your employer must complete and turn in the necessary paperwork. Once the Financial Aid Office receives the completed paperwork, your employer will get an email authorizing you to begin. They should then let you know that you can begin working.

Steps for new student employees

These steps apply to students who have never worked as a Foothill student employee or have not worked as a Foothill student employee within the past 3 years:

  1. Complete the Student Employment Packet (SEP) (see below). Be sure to read the instructions provided, paying special attention to the requirements for documents needed for the Student Employment Representative to complete your federal I-9 paperwork. Use your computer to fill out as much of the fillable pdf packet as possible, then print the form (without saving) and complete any portions you were unable to complete on the fillable pdf. (Those who have filled the form out primarily by hand will have their packet rejected.)
  2. Bring your completed SEP, along with your required I-9 documents, to the Financial Aid Office during the posted Student Employment Drop-In Hours. Student employment personnel will meet with you to complete the I-9 form. They will give you a job assignment card that your employer will complete and return to the Financial Aid Office.
If you are an international student, you must do the following before going to the Financial Aid Office:
  • Get a work authorization signature on your employment packet from the International Programs Office, and

  • If your social security number is not already in the Foothill College database (Banner), take your social security card and picture ID to the Admissions & Records Office to have it entered.

Student Employment Packet and Instructions

(Download and review both)

The Student Employment Packet includes a fillable PDF

BEFORE you fill out the form, DOWNLOAD the packet to your computer to complete. Fill out the  fillable PDF form as much as allowed, then, without saving it,  PRINT the completed document and SIGN all required places in ink.

Steps for current or recent Foothill student employees

These steps apply to students who have worked as a Foothill student employee within the past 3 years:

In most cases, your previous Student Employment Packet is still valid. Your employer can ask us to leave a new job assignment card at the Financial Aid Office for you to pick up during office hours.

  1. Pick up (and sign) the card and take it to your employer to be completed.
  2. Return the completed card to the Financial Aid Office. When we receive the card, we will send your employer an email that will authorize you to begin working.

Can I lose my eligibility to work after I am hired?

Yes. Each quarter you work, you must receive at least a 2.0 Quarterly GPA and receive a D or better in at least 12 units (if you have a District-Funded job) or in at least 6 units (if you have a Federal Work-Study or CalWorks job).

  • If you do not, you will not be able to work the following quarter. 
  • Students who continue working after dropping below their required units (or after they stop participating actively in courses needed to maintain the required units) will have to wait two quarters in which they are otherwise eligible to work before they will be able to be rehired as a student employee.

Note:  Units for which you receive an 'F' or  an 'FW' or a 'No Pass' or an 'Incomplete' or a 'No Credit' do not count toward your required number of units for the quarter.

Will my job continue from one academic year to the next?

All student jobs end on or before June 30 of the academic year in which they begin. For a job to continue into the next academic year, a new job assignment card must be picked up, completed, and returned to the Financial Aid Office.


Attention Student Employees


Normally, the FHDA District mails your Year End Wage and Tax Statement (W2) to your permanent U.S. address.

We would like to ask you to support FHDA's committment to the environment and green technology by consenting to receive your W2 online (through your MyPortal) and not by mail.

For more information, please visit the payroll website. It is secure, convenient, and green: Print only what you need, when you need it. 


Attention Campus Employers

Steps for Hiring Student Employees

Note: While Federal Work-Study Positions require an official posting (contact Christine Johnson for more information), the Student Employment office does not post District-Funded student positions.
  1. Before interviewing a student or offering a job, we recommend you go over the eligibility requirements with the student to ensure they meet them. (In addition, you may email Christine Johnson to have their eligibility verified.)
  2. When you know you want to hire a student, email Christine with the student's name and CWID to let her know. (Employment assignment cards will not be issued without that email.) She will verify that the student is eligible for employment.
  3. Instruct your eligible prospective employees to follow the "What do I need to do after I am offered a student job?" instructions above.
  4. Complete the blue or pink employment assignment card given to the student and return it (with Student Employment Packet attached if it's a first-time employee) to the Financial Aid Office front desk.
    • Date:  If you want a student to start working as soon as their completed employment card is received by the Financial Aid Office, simply write a small "ASAP." If you want them to start at some later date, please write that date in.
    • Job Title/Level:  Be sure to include a job title and level (or number). (Click on the link on this webpage for the Student Employment Policy & Procedures Manual to learn more.)
    • Fingerprinting/TB Assessment:  Be sure to mark either "Yes" or "No."
      • If the student needs either fingerprints or TB assessment, please attach those documents to the card before returning it to Financial Aid.
    • When the completed employment card is received, you will receive an email authorizing the student to begin work. Do not permit a student to begin working until you receive this email.
Notes regarding Dates of Employment: 
  • The Academic Year runs from July 1-June 30. Unless otherwise noted by the Student Employment office or indicated by hiring supervisor, all student jobs are set to end at the end of the academic year, except for Federal Work-Study jobs, which end the last day of Spring classes. Notify Christine if any student leaves their position, for any reason, before the official end date.
  • Before a student may continue working into the next academic year, a new request and employment card must be completed.
Misc. Notes:
  • For purposes of calculating the 19-hour-per-week maximum, a work week runs Sunday through Saturday.
  • Students can never work during scheduled class times. Please get a copy of your students' class schedules at the beginning of each quarter.
  • We recommend checking in with your student employees periodically to make sure they are doing well academically and are on track to meet the academic requirements of student employment.

 Contact the Financial Aid Office at 650.949.7245 or fhfinancialaidoffice@foothill.edu if you have any questions.

Admissions & Records Building

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Financial Aid Office



Building 8100, Room 8101

Student Employment
Drop-In Hours are
canceled pending
further notice.

Be sure to bring your completed Student Employment Packet (filled out via computer as much as possible, then printed and completed) and your required I-9 documents (see instructions).

Please plan to sign in at least 10 minutes before the end of drop-in times.

Note: The Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday hours listed are normal hours. If we know of changes to the schedule in advance, those changes will be listed below the normal hours.

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If you cannot make it during scheduled hours, request an appointment by emailing Christine Johnson at johnsonchristine@fhda.edu. Important:  Include your student ID number and several days and blocks of time that you would be available. We will not respond to requests missing that information.

(Unfortunately, there will be times when these drop-in times must be cancelled without notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.)



Student Employment Policies & Procedures