GRAND JUNCTION (KKCO) Federal aid is designed to help students from low-income families make it through college.
However, the system overlooks a significant number of students who end up with thousands of dollars of debt after graduation.
To combat this issue, CMU has created MAVworks to focus on those students who would otherwise fall through the cracks.
"What we tried to do is simply take a known program in work study that's been in place for decades at the state and federal level, and grow it and target, really, our demographic," says CMU Vice President of Student Services, John Marshall.
According to officials with the school, the vast majority of students at CMU are lower to middle income students.
At the sign up Thursday morning, 200 students lined up, wrapping around the building.
"At 3 a.m. you're like 'yeah, lets do this!' but at like 4:30/5 you start winding down a little bit," says sophomore Matt Lafrenierre. "But it was worth it in the end."
Students in the program must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and can only work up to twenty hours a week.