Financial Aid

Student Employment – Campus Job Opportunities

Employment opportunities will be posted as they are received.  Check back for job posts and/or inquire directly with departments.

Federal Work Study is awarded based on demonstrated financial need and availability of limited funding as part of an eligible student’s financial aid package. To verify a work study award, check your financial aid package in BannerWeb or call our office at 203-837-8580. Federal work study can only be earned during the regular academic year, fall/spring. 

Summer employment eligibility: current students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the subsequent fall term. New (incoming) students can begin working after July 1 and must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the subsequent fall term.


Quick Reference: Student Employment (pdf)                                  Quick Reference: Federal Work Study (pdf)


SUMMER 2022 & 2022-2023 Academic Year

(check back often as positions are added as they are received)


Payroll Type:  Department Payroll = Open to all students  Federal Work Study Only = Must have a work study award (financial aid) to apply


Job TitleDepartmentLocationPayroll Type
Shipping & Receiving AssistantShipping & Receiving190 White St., Midtown CampusDepartment & Federal Work Study
Service Desk SpecialistsInformation Technology & InnovationOld Main 303, Midtown CampusDepartment & Federal Work Study (Academic Year)
Student Office AssistantAdvisement CenterOld Main 202, Midtown CampusDepartment (Summer) & Federal Work Study Only (Academic Year)
Admissions Student AmbassadorAdmissionsOld Main 203, Midtown CampusDepartment Payroll & Federal Work Study
Admissions Tour GuideAdmissionsOld Main 203, Midtown CampusDepartment Payroll & Federal Work Study
Peer MentorLibrary ServicesHaas Library, Midtown CampusDepartment & Federal Work Study
Peer Tutor (Spanish)Tutoring Resource CenterHaas Library, Midtown CampusDepartment & Federal Work Study
Student AssistantWCSU LibrariesMidtown/WestsideDepartment & Federal Work Study
Athletics Equipment AssistantAthletics (Equipment)WAC, Westside CampusFederal Work Study Only




All student employees must be matriculated in at least 6 credits per semester to remain eligible to work on campus during the regular academic year (fall/spring).

NOTE: To be eligible for Summer employment, students are not required to be enrolled for summer courses, but must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in the subsequent fall term.


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 800 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 Work Study Program
  • The Institutional Payroll

The Federal 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 have financial need, as determined by FAFSA. Work Study funding is limited.

The dollar amount awarded under the 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.

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 in F-1 status can work on-campus 20 hours a week when school is in session and 40 hours during vacation (summer and winter break). You will need to fill out the On-Campus Employment Authorization Formopens PDF file , along with information provided by the department/office on campus.





Updated 04/29/2022