Student Employment FAQ

Student Employment FAQ

1. What types of work-study jobs are available?
2. Does a work-study award assure me of a job?
3. Can a work-study award be used to pay my student account?
4. What happens if I don't use my work-study award?
5. Where and when can I look for a job and start to apply?
6. Are jobs available for students without work-study awards?
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?
 
See also: Student Payroll Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of work-study jobs are available?
Students are awarded 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 award assure me of a job?
There is no job placement or guarantee but students with work-study awards (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 award be used to pay my student account?
Students are paid directly through direct deposit. Work-study awards are not disbursed to the student's account and do not reduce the tuition bill.  The way to receive these funds is to be hired, work, and complete the time card. Then the student is paid. Students generally use these funds for personal expenses they incur during the year.
 
4. What happens if I don't use my work-study award?
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 award does not jeopardize future work-study awards.
 
5. Where and when can I look for a job and start to apply?
Students search for jobs at the Student Employment website (new link coming soon). 
 
6. Are jobs available for students without work-study awards?
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 Vil") 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 who wish to work must present original documents to a staff member in Student Financial Services. We encourage students to complete the I-9, direct deposit, and W-4 in Workday before arriving on campus.  Instructions on completing these documents will be sent in August.   

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 the following sites for additional information: www.wellesley.edu/international and www.wellesley.edu/payroll/payroll_policies/nonresalien. Visa regulations limit work hours to a maximum of 20 hours/week while school is in session.

Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions

Aid Award FAQ
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.