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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.


Spring 2014 Job Opportunities

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 Donna Warner, Coordinator of International Services, at 203-837-3270 for more information

Last Updated: March 20, 2014

On Campus

*The following departments have notified the Office of Student Financial Services of the following job opportunities for Spring 2014 . Please be aware that these positions may or may not be filled depending on the time that you apply. 


Math Department

Job Description:  Individuals will tutor students in MAT 100/198, assist instructors and monitor the Math Emporium lab.  The majority of the work will be tutoring. Qualifications include a strong mathematics background or other indicated mastery of algebra skills.  Students will also be required to master the MyMathLab software.  Pay is $12/hour for this position.  Dates and times vary.

Contact: Please contact Dr. Hayes at to set up a short interview and for more information regarding dates and times.



  Off Campus Job Opportunities

*If you are interested in any of the following positions please contact the Office of Student Financial Services 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.


WCSU Child Care Center

Job Description: Looking for mature, responsible students to help in preschool classrooms.  Responsibilities include: supervise children, maintain a safe environment, assist teachers with instructional preparation and delivery.

Must be 18 years of age.  Fingerprinting and Heal Assessment required by the State of CT.

Must Have Work-Study

Contact: Bruni Edwards at 203-837-8733 or


Summer 2014 Job Opportunities

Off Campus Job Opportunities

Student Intern- Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance, Revere MA


The student intern will provide administrative support services to the Office of Student Financial Assistance during its peak operational season.  Interns will work along with the OSFA staff to assist with aspects of the award and management of State student financial aid programs.  This position reports to the Associate Commissioner for Student Financial Assistance.

Interested applicants should submit their application by April 30, 2014 to: Robert Brun, Associate Commissioner for Student Financial Assistance at

Applications should consist of:

1.  a one page cover letter

2.  a resume

3.  at least two professional references

For more details about this posting, please email Katrina Lynne Clark at



Fall 2014 Job Opportunities


On Campus


History and Social Sciences Department 

Job Description: Seeking students to research and collect information, scan slides and documents, enter data into spreadsheets, copy and file documents and do special projects. 


Please contact Patricia Lerner, HIS/SS secretary at 203-837-8484 or for further information.





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