Work4College FAQs

What happens if I start the summer program and then quit?

You will receive any accrued scholarship credits on your account once you enroll for future College classes. Also, you must drop the class you will be enrolled in.

Do I have to take the class associated with the program?


Is the class for college credit, and how much does it cost?

Yes, it is a three hour credit course and the cost is covered with a scholarship for being in the program.

How does the take home pay work?

Students get paid for every two weeks.  There are five pay periods for the ten week summer session.

Do I have to be 18 to be in the Work4College Program?

No. However, if you are under 18, your parents or legal guardian will have to sign your Work4College Program Contract.  The only minimum requirement is that you must have completed the tenth grade.

What if I accumulate scholarship credit but do not attend NTCC?

If you do not attend NTCC within two years of completing the Work4College Program you lose all credits accumulated towards your scholarship. This program is not for you if you do not plan to attend NTCC in the future.

Can I get more information?

If  you need more information than is available on these pages or under our Frequently Asked Questions, please contact Dr. Jon McCullough at 903-434-8115 or 

When does the program start?

The program starts the first day of NTCC’s summer session one and ends the last day of summer session two.  It lasts ten weeks..

What is the Work4College Program?

The NTCC Work4College Program is a program that allows students the opportunity to earn their degree at NTCC. The goal is two-fold. One, give every student the opportunity to attend college without acquiring debt. And, two, give the student a hands-on learning experience in a meaningful area allowing them to earn while they learn. Work ethic, time management, interviewing skills and knowledge of other things expected of them in the workplace, are all a part of the student's learning experience in the Work4College Program @NTCC.

Who can participate in the program?

Any student who will be competing the 10th grade or above before the summer program starts, and plans on attending NTCC in the future.

Do I have to be 18 to be in the program?

No.  If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian will have to sign your Work4College Program contract.  You must have completed at least tenth grade!

Is this Program need-based (do you have to qualify for financial aid to be in the program)?

No.  You just need to be willing to work.

How much can I make and when will I get paid?

Students earn a total of $15 per hour!  Out of this, $7.50 goes directly into their pocket.  The remaining $7.50 is set aside in an account that will be used to pay toward their tuition, fees, and books and/or room and board at NTCC (scholarship credits).  The students in the program will get paid every two weeks (pocket money).  The remaining funds will be set aside in an account with their name on it at NTCC.  Students have up until two years after high school graduation, or after the completion of the program (whichever comes last), to use their scholarship credits....use it or lose it.

How many hours a week can I work?

Students can work up to a maximum number of 15 hours a week.

How much can I make over the summer?

If you work every hour possible (15) of every week (10) you will have 150 hours.  150 hours times $15 per hour equals $2,250.  Of this, $1,125 will be take home pay and $1,125 will be scholarship credit.

If I have to miss work for a few hours in one week can I make them up later?

We understand there may be very valid reasons for missing work, and, it is okay to miss work for excused reasons.  However, in this program, there is 15 hour per week maximum and no missed hours can be made up.  No exceptions. 

How does the scholarship credit work?

You earn one credit for every dollar earned in the program.  For example, if you make $1,000 you will have $1,000 worth of scholarship credits.

When can I begin using the scholarship credits?

You can use up to 50% of the credits in your first fall semester after completing the program and the remaining funds for the following semesters.

If I am unable to use my scholarship credits can I transfer them to a family member or someone else?

No.  These scholarship credits can only be used by the person who earned them and they can only be used toward tuition, fees, and books.