Student Employment FAQ

Student Employment FAQ

1. What types of work-study jobs are available?
2. Does a work-study offer assure me of a job?
3. Can a work-study offer be used to pay my student account?
4. What happens if I don't use my work-study offer?
5. Where and when can I look for a job and start to apply?
6. Are jobs available for students without work-study offers?
7. Is there any paperwork required before I can work on campus?
8. How and when can I complete these requirements?
9. Can international students work and is the process any different?
10. How do I update my direct deposit information?
 
See also: Student Payroll Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of work-study jobs are available?
Students are offered two different types of work-study as part of their financial aid package:
  • Federal Work-Study – On-campus jobs and for off-campus jobs that require FWS eligibility
  • Wellesley Work – On-campus jobs only
2. Does a work-study offer assure me of a job?
There is no job placement or guarantee but students with work-study offer (Federal Work Study and Wellesley Work) have priority for on-campus jobs, especially during the first few weeks of the semester.
 
3. Can a work-study offer be used to pay my student account?
Students are paid directly through direct deposit. Work-study is not disbursed to the student's account and does not reduce the tuition bill.  The way to receive these funds is to be hired, work, and submit time. Students generally use these funds for personal expenses they incur during the year.
 
4. What happens if I don't use my work-study offer?
Nothing happens to a student's financial aid if the work-study funds are not utilized.  Work-study will not be replaced by Wellesley Grant, but can be replaced by a loan, upon request.  Not using the offer does not jeopardize future work-study offers.
 
5. Where and when can I look for a job and start to apply?
Students search and apply for jobs via Handshake. First year students will be granted access in late August.  
 
6. Are jobs available for students without work-study offers?
Students without work-study may be hired for on-campus jobs after the first few weeks of the semester.
Other suggestions for non-work study jobs (mostly off-campus) include the following:
  • CollegeHelpers: A variety of non-work study, off-campus jobs are posted on this site, which offers free access to Wellesley College students to job postings in the area. Many of the jobs are for child care, tutoring, and local retail and may be short-term (one day) or may be long-term, lasting all years of attending Wellesley College.
  • In The Ville: There are a variety of merchants in the downtown Wellesley area ("The Ville") who hire Wellesley College students for part-time jobs.  Interested students are encouraged to check for signs in windows or ask about job availability in person.
  • Wellesley Fresh Dining Services: The College's dining services are managed by an outside vendor and employment is handled directly with them. Please see their website for further information.

7. Is there any paperwork required before I can work on campus?
Yes! Your employer cannot hire you until your employment forms are processed. 

8. How and when can I complete this paperwork?
Students Employers (in this case the College) must verify your identity and employment eligibility. Once hired by your supervisor, the process starts in your Workday inbox and is completed in person at Student Financial Services (SFS is located in the Schneider Center). Counselors are available most days from 9AM-4PM. 

Tasks to Complete in Person at SFS

  • Payment Election Confirmation
    • Bring bank routing and accounting numbers
  • Complete Withholding Allowance Certificate
    • US Tax Form W-4
  • Verify Identity & Employment Eligibility
    • Original and unexpired documents must be presented

9. Can international students work and is the process any different?
Students with F1 and J1 visas can work on-campus. In addition to the standard procedures, international students need to secure a United States Social Security Number and complete tax information with the Controller's Office. Please refer to Slater International website for additional information. Visa regulations limit work hours to a maximum of 20 hours/week while school is in session.

10. Do international students pay US Taxes?

Aliens Authorized to Work / Non Resident Aliens' tax status depends upon various immigration information. The College's Foreign National Information System (FNIS) gathers this information and determines tax status. FNIS information must be updated annually to verify tax status. Upon hire, you will be contacted by the payroll office to complete. 

Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions

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eBilling FAQ
Financing FAQ
Loan Policy FAQ
Student Employment FAQ

See also: Affording A Wellesley Education and 

Return on Investment: The Value of a Wellesley Education

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us in the Student Financial Services Office.