Advantages, Eligibility, and Guidelines


A work-study job can be enjoyable and profitable. It also builds connections with what may become an 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, return 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 Security among 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 (28 hours per week during four-day weeks).
  • Students may only work the number of hours per week indicated on their Placement Authorization Form.