Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Work Study and Student Employment

Student Employment

The Student Employment Office (SEO) staff has prepared this page to familiarize student workers with the procedures of our Academic Year and Summer Work-Study Programs. This information should be helpful to students who are considering employment or beginning their work study placements. The SEO staff is available to assist in clarifying information contained in this guide.


The objective of the SEO is to match students with positions that will enable them to learn and practice valuable work-related skills and to help meet educationally related expenses while studying at Fordham University. 

Student employment is more than a job. It is an experience which involves a commitment as well as interaction with the Fordham community. Student employees are highly valued by faculty, staff, and students. This hands-on work experience provides a well-rounded education for the student, and also establishes a foundation upon which future employment goals can be built.

  • Academic Year Program (part-time) begins the first day of classes and ends on Commencement day.
  • Summer Program (full-time) begins the Monday after Commencement and ends the day before Fall classes begin.




Placement/Payment Information
Student Worker Responsibilities

Supervisor Responsibilities


A work-study job can be enjoyable and profitable. It also builds connections with what may become and on-campus family. Earnings can be used for educational expenses such as books, supplies or travel expenses.

Work Experience: Being employed will introduce students to the dynamics of the working world while expanding and developing their job interests and interpersonal skills. Supervisors are also instrumental in assisting students in establishing good work habits and values through the student employment experience.

Work-study earnings are based on the number of hours worked. These earnings are not credited to the student's account but paid directly to the student by check or, if requested, direct deposit.

Our Staff wants to help you make the most of your student employment experience. Do not hesitate to ask for guidance or offer suggestions on how we may better serve you.

Entering freshmen please note: In July, Federal Work-Study recipients will receive a letter and a placement form. Complete the placement form, returne it to the SEO and call us to schedule a placement interview.


Federal Work-Study (FWS) is awarded as part of your financial aid package and appears on the award letter.

Once financial eligibility has been established, students are interviewed for placement by the SEO. An attempt is made to take into consideration the student's interests and abilities as well as the needs to the various departments.

Placement priority is given to Work-Study Award recipients; however, all matriculated students at least part-time, have an opportunity to seek employment. Students are considered for employment throughout the year. 

To be considered for a position as an Alternate, students must file the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available at, be eligible for federal aid, and complete a "Work-Study Placement form." Alternate applicants will be considered for placement on the basis of financial need, skills, and availability of positions. Since funds are limited, please file early.

In addition to on-campus positions, students are encouraged to participate in the Community Service Programs funded through Work-Study. Our America Reads and Counts Challenge Program (ARCC) offers students positions tutoring children from Pre-K - 6th grade in reading and math. The SEO will provide guidance to eligible students interested in seeking positions that benefit the community.

Students not FWS eligible may also apply for positions such as Ram Van Drivers or Student Aides for Securtiy amont others.


Student workers must abide the guidelines and procedures established by the SEO. Student workers will be provided with an agreement form, a contract describing the student's rights and responsibilities, and student employment procedures. Students will interview with the SEO and will be sent for placement to a University department Supervisor or, in the case of tutors, to a school or after-school program Supervisor.

The average work-study student works 10 to 15 hours per week during the academic year. Our summer Program is a full-time program which coincides with the University's summer calendar (35 hours per week and 28 hours per week during four day weeks). Students may only work the number of hours per week indicated on their Placement Authorization Form.


Students may begin work as soon as the Placement Authorization Form is completed and returned to SEO. Supervisors will ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed and approved by the SEO prior to hiring student workers.

The hours worked are verified and approved by supervisors. These hours are submitted to the SEO in accordance with the student worker Payroll Collection Calendar located on our website. The SEO verifies and authorizes payment of wages.

Student Responsibilities
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Maintain confidentiality of office.
  • Report to work promptly and as scheduled.
  • Notify your supervisor if you will be late or unable to work.
  • Refrain from conducting personal business on the job, e.g. course assignments and activities, and personal calls or work.
  • Accurately report actual hours worked on the timesheet DAILY and submit timely.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with your supervisor and relay any irreconcilable issues to the SEO.
  • Provide employer with at least two weeks notice of resignation and email SEO reason and last day worked.
  • Take your job seriously and perform your task to the best of your ability. The work experience you gain is valuable.

Supervisor Responsibilities
  • Clearly explain responsibilitiesof the position, performanceexpectations and work schedule duringthe job interview.
  • Establish work schedule with student.
  • Provide the training and supervision necessary for adequate job performance.
  • Responsible for knowing the exact hours worked by the employee and accountable for validation of actual days and hours worked on the timesheet.
  • Ensure students do not work during their scheduled class hours.
  • Responsible for accurate submission of timesheets on payroll due dates.
  • Monitor student earnings to ensure grant limit is not exceeded.
  • Designate backup staff to oversee and submit payroll in your absence.
  • Responsible for dealing directly with a student’s work-related problems.

Our staff wants to help you make the most of your work-study job. Do not hesitate to ask for guidance or to offer any suggestions on how we may better serve you. Our primary office is located at the Rose Hill campus in Thebaud Hall, 718-817-5072, Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. We are also located at the Lincoln Center campus but the office hours are by appointment only.

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