Federal Work-Study (FWS) was established by Congress as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its purpose is the promotion of part-time employment for students with financial need in order to achieve three main goals:
- To assist students in earning money to meet their educational costs
- To provide work experience related to the student’s chosen academic major or career field; and
- To improve relations between the College and the community.
Students may be employed by College of Alameda, government agencies, or private, non-profit organizations working for the public good. Because of its federal funding, the Federal Work-Study Program must adhere to strict regulations enacted by Congress and enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.