College Work-Study (CWS) - University of Houston
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College Work-Study (CWS)

College Work-Study (CWS) is a financial aid program that provides funds for students with a demonstrated need to work on-campus (or off-campus, at approved sites).

For more information on work-study, visit the Scholarship and Financial Aid website.

Timeline Fall 2023

Description CWS Date

Virtual - Annual CWS Supervisor Training (MS Teams)

23 & 24 AY July 14, 2023

Virtual - Annual CWS Supervisor Training (City of Houston)

23 & 24 AY September 5, 2023
Departments can begin posting Fall CWS jobs in Cougar Pathway Fall 2023 July 3, 2023
ELIGIBLE students can start applying in Cougar Pathway for Fall CWS Fall 2023 July 17, 2023
College Work-Study (CWS) Job Fair Fall 2023 August 3, 2023
TAP Training goes live in PASS 23 & 24 AY September 1, 2023
CWS students can begin working for Fall 2023 Fall 2023 September 1, 2023
End date for Fall 2023 CWS (last day students can work) Fall 2023 December 13, 2023

Eligibility - Student eligibility for hiring

Student Status CWS NCWS
International Student No Yes
Full Time: Undergraduate Student Yes Yes
Full Time: Graduate Student Yes Yes

Employer Type - Identify your employer type

  1. UH Staff or Faculty are considered On-campus College Work-Study employers and may follow the process outlined below. 
  2. Off-campus employers (Non-profits) are considered Off-campus College Work-Study employers and have a separate process. Off-campus CWS employers must BEGIN by reaching out to to learn about the specific process and required paperwork.

Process - How to hire a CWS student

  1. Complete the annual CWS Supervisor T.A.P. Training
    • Important Note: Must be completed once per academic year by the hiring manager and/or student supervisor
    • Effective September 1, 2023, the self-paced training in PASS can be requested using the code: UC2401 
    • Within 24 hours the training will populate within your TAP icon within AccessUH
    • Complete the virtual training (quiz too!) and you will be sent the agreement form within 1-2 business days
    • Steps:
    • PASS > Training
    • Request Training Enrollment
    • Search by Course Number
    • Type: UC2401 (AY 23-24 only) and click Search
    • Click View Available Sessions, click Session "0001"
    • Within section detail, click [Continue]
    • Then click [Submit]
    • **This will be an ongoing training for the 2023-2024 academic year
    • Instructions for accessing the T.A.P. training
  2. Complete the agreement form  and send it to the work-study office (provided after training)
    • Sign up for a Cougar Pathway account / Log into Cougar Pathway.
    • Post a job in Cougar Pathway
      • Instructions for posting a job
      • After the position is posted within Cougar Pathway, all qualified students will be able to review and apply with an approved resume.
    • Review and interview candidates(s)
    • Offer CWS job to the final candidate(s) within Cougar Pathway.
      • The student must accept the position within 2 weeks or before the CWS deadline, whichever comes first.
    • Once the student has accepted the position, the Program Authorization Form (PAF) will be automatically sent via email. Questions about this document can be referred to
    • Follow your department/college hiring policies. Questions about your specific process should be directed to your DBA. Items that must be completed PRIOR to the student working, include:
      • Background check must be initiated by the department for the student employee
      • I-9 must be processed (Visit here for more info)
    • Notify all applicants you have selected a finalist and that they were not selected for the position.
    • Email to close your position if it has not already expired

Questions or concerns?

Reach out to the University Career Services Student at