Financial Aid: Student Employment
Student employment is an integral part of the university and of university life for many students. Student labor benefits the school in almost every academic and administrative department on campus. The student's employment can be related to his/her major and/or interests and work schedules can be arranged around the student's academic schedule.
Western Connecticut State University employs approximately 400 students during the academic year. The types of jobs available are as diverse as the students themselves. There is a complete list of jobs and their descriptions available for students to examine in the Office of Student Financial Services.
Students are paid biweekly with an hourly rate of pay contingent on the difficulty of the position and the experience of the student. The first paycheck is held back for two weeks, as required by the state.
There are two major funding sources for the student labor force at Western Connecticut State University:
- The Federal College Work Study Program.
- The Institutional Payroll.
The Federal College Work Study Program is a federally funded program based on financial need. Because the program is financially need based, work experience is not the qualifying factor. In order to work under the Federal College Work Study Program, a student must meet the conditions listed under the Pell Grant section previously discussed.
The dollar amount awarded under the College Work-Study Program to a student on his/her Award Letter, is not a guaranteed receivable. It is a fair estimate of what a student could earn.
College Work-Study is an allotment that students can earn if they have a job on campus. It is not money that is directly deferred on their bill, or automatically applied while they are working.
If a student does not put in the necessary hours or is released from employment for just cause, the money shown on the Award Letter will not be obtained.
The Institutional Payroll is not based on a students financial need in relation to qualifying under the federal programs. Students are employed under this program based on the needs of the department, the availability of funds, and the student's experience in specific areas.
All federal and state funds are subject to federal and state regulations and Western Connecticut State University will comply as mandated.
Federal Tax Information
Any funds received from scholarships, benefits, fellowships, WCSU or any other source that combined exceed the cost of tuition, fees, books, required equipment and supplies are considered taxable income. These include federal Pell Grants, but not federal loans. The borrower is required to report taxable awards to the IRS as income and therefore should keep a detailed record of all expenditures. Housing and food are considered nonexempt, so money spent on these items is subject to income tax.
Please note that International Students on F1 or J1 Visa must obtain work permission prior to applying for on or off campus employment. Please contact Katrina Lynne Clark in Financial Aid at email@example.com for more information.
Last Updated: May 28, 2014
*The following departments have notified Financial Aid and Student Employment of the following job opportunities. Please be aware that these positions may or may not be filled depending on the time that you apply.
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs is looking for work study students to assist with daily operations of the student affairs office. Duties will include answering phones, greeting visitors, filing, copying, creating flyers and posting them around campus, as well as other jobs as they come up, such as Internet research, calling students, delivering items across campus, etc. Office experience is preferred but not necessary. We will train. Interested students should call 203-837-8606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Work study students are preferred but others should inquire as well. Hours are not yet determined as we try to fill various time slots.
Job Description: Looking for a student to assist with the daily operations of AccessAbilitiy Services. Students must be customer-service oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. Responsibilities may include: filing, answering phones, taking messages, assisting with large mailing, assisting dept. secretary, sending faxes and making copies, updating student files. This position requires a high level of confidentiality. Interested students must be available to work on Mondays and/or Wednesdays.
Interested students should submit a resume and contact information to email@example.com.
Western at Waterbury
Fall 2014 Founders Hall Western at Waterbury Computer Lab Assistant Needed
M, T, W 3-8PM
Ideal candidate is reliable, responsible, a self-starter, is familiar with computer technology & WCSU applications and enjoys teaching new users.
Training will be provided by IT&I staff.
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Off Campus Job Opportunities
*If you are interested in any of the following positions please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment to ensure your eligibility before contacting the Agency
Off Campus Employment Opportunities are available only during the Fall and Spring Semesters. Please check during the month of August for employment opportunities.
No job postings available at this time.