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The Work-Study Program uses federal and institutional funds to provide part-time employment opportunities for students to work on campus, as well as for various non-profit organizations in the community. Students that participate in this program gain valuable work experience and marketable skills while providing LMC with vital student support.



  • It allows you to earn money to help pay for college.      
  • It provides opportunities to serve the community.
  • Your work-study supervisor knows that you are a student first. You work in jobs that provide flexibility and work around your class schedule.
  • It provides beneficial experience and training, networking and references to build your resume.
  • It helps you develop your professional skills, like communication, time management, and interpersonal skills and may lead to career opportunities.

Federal Work-Study
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded student assistance program for students that demonstrate need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are encouraged to complete the FAFSA at to determine if you qualify for a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award. When filling out the FAFSA, check the box for Federal Work-Study and if you qualify, you will be offered FWS as part of your financial aid award. Students awarded FWS are given priority in hiring.

Institutional Work-Study
Lake Michigan College provides its own funding in addition to the federal funds so students who are not FWS eligible may still be employed as student workers. International students are eligible to work under Institutional Work-Study but must obtain a Social Security Card.

To be considered for any work-study job you must be in a degree-seeking or eligible certificate program and enrolled at least half-time (6 or more credits). You also must complete all required paperwork.

Follow the Work-Study Application Steps to guide you through the process of applying and getting hired.

Create your account on Handshake, then browse the available work study jobs. For any jobs you are interested in, apply to each one individually. You can include your resume with your application.

Once you apply for any jobs you are interested in through Handshake, department supervisors will review your application. If you meet their criteria, they will reach out to schedule an interview and begin the hiring process. Some may choose to contact you through Handshake; others may contact your student email. Check your avenues of communication regularly. If a position has been filled and you are not selected, you will receive a notice of its closure./p>

If you are offered a position you must first schedule an appointment with Human Resources to complete all required hiring paperwork before starting your work study/student employment. Authorization and processing generally takes 5 days or more so you may not be able to begin working immediately. The Payroll Office notifies the supervisor when you may begin.

For work-study questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 269-927-8112 or by email.

Applying for a position does not guarantee employment at Lake Michigan College or at authorized off-campus employers. Student employees are hired based on skills and abilities and are expected to be reliable and to take their jobs seriously.

Once hired, you earn pay according to the hours you work and are paid for those hours bi-weekly. The maximum number of hours a student may work is 20 per week, but how much you will depend on the needs of the department, the department’s budget, how much work-study you are awarded and how much time you can devote outside of your schoolwork. Before you can start to work, you will be required to complete the on-boarding paperwork.

More information regarding the work-study program can be found in the Work-Study Handbook and by contacting the Financial Aid Office.

For help with Handshake, please email:

Please visit the Handshake system to explore other positions such as internships and off-campus student jobs, as well as volunteer opportunities.




Note: Official information regarding your work-study is communicated through your LMC email. Please be sure you have access to and that you check your LMC email account. 

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