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Student Employment Opportunities
Student employment opportunities may be available through the Federal Work-Study Program or Off-Campus Employment.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a form of financial aid which provides jobs for students who need help to pay their educational expenses. The Work-Study program subsidizes a student's hourly wage, which creates jobs that would not otherwise exist and helps leverage available dollars to provide more hours for needy students. It is basically a “pot” of money set aside to pay a portion of your hourly wage.
For the student, it is much like working any other job: you work a number of hours in a pay period, at some wage rate, and receive a paycheck for your earnings that you use, however you wish. For the employer, however, the FWS program reimburses a large percentage of your wage, which makes it very attractive to hire work-study students! FWS students are in great demand by on-campus employers, so eligible students can often pick the job of their choice.
Working part-time while in school is a great way to pay for some of your expenses and keep your student loan debt to a minimum. A variety of opportunities are available; some jobs require little or no experience while others require expertise and training. You may not always find your "dream" job immediately, but work-study opportunities provide valuable experience and help reduce the cost of your education. Be open to trying work-study jobs outside of your field of study or prior work history.
FWS is a need-based financial aid award. It is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you don’t have to repay it). Students must qualify for need-based financial aid to receive FWS. Funds are limited, so not all qualifying students will be able to receive an award. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a work-study award and employment of a FWS student must be approved by the financial aid office before a student is eligible to start working. For students who do not qualify for a FWS award please see Off-Campus Employment below.
You must search and apply for positions. Click Federal Work-Study Jobs List for job openings that fit your needs and qualifications. Apply directly with the supervisor to be considered during their selection process. Click Federal Work-Study FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for more information.
You can learn more about Off-Campus Student Employment opportunities on the Career Services web page. MassBay’s office of Career Services can help students and Alumni find part-time, full-time, and internship job opportunities.