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Overview: employment types, limits on hours

Beginning your job search

Just as in the "real world," finding a campus job can be competitive, because there are a limited number of positions available each semester. Students who begin their job search early are more likely to find jobs that accommodate class schedules and match skill sets.

Many jobs are posted over the summer, and hiring may take place over the summer or during the first few weeks of the semester. The Career Development Center also holds a Work, Serve & Internship Fair during the first week of the fall semester: another opportunity to learn about employment opportunities.

Log in to CORSAIR Jobs to search for positions, contact supervisors, and complete forms.

Types of employment

Federal Work-Study: need-based student employment

Need-based student employment is available through UMass Dartmouth's participation in the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for Federal Work-Study program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a traditional undergraduate degree program
  • Have filed a FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline
  • Meet the financial need criteria as defined by UMass Dartmouth

You may have more than one job on campus, but you may have only one Federal Work-Study job. Federal Work-Study is not applied towards your tuition bill.

Students approved for Federal Work-Study must have the qualifications and skills required for specific work-study assignments. Positions may be on-campus or off-campus. Federal Work-Study-eligible students may work at off-campus agencies or organizations while working through the Community Service Learning Program (CSLP).

The deadline to submit Federal Work-Study hiring forms is October 1 for the fall semester, and March 1 for the spring semester.

Non-work-study student employment

There are also a limited number of non-work-study student employment opportunities offered by academic and non-academic departments for students who do not meet Federal Work-Study requirements. These are typically on-campus positions. You must be enrolled in a degree program.

More employment options: Beyond the jobs administered by Student Employment, you can also search for part-time jobs posted by area employers in the Career Development Center's CareerLink system.

More information: Job levels and rates of payment

Limits on hours to be worked

No student may work more than 8 hours per day or 20 hours per week when school is in session for one or any combination of departments. There are no exceptions. The 8 hours per day or 20 hour per week limit applies only during the academic year employment periods. The average student works 4 to 6 hours per week, depending on the requirements of the position.

Students employed through Federal Work-Study (FWS) are allowed to work more than one job, but only one job through FWS.

When school is not in session, students may work 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week (maximum).

Stipend-based positions: These positions are available to graduate students only and have hours associated with them, even though they are not based on hourly wages. A stipend is payment for work performed, and therefore must be viewed as part of the 20 hour limit for when school is in session

Get started

  • Use CORSAIR Jobs to search for jobs and contact supervisors.
  • Once your hiring has been approved, you'll receive an alert from CORSAIR Jobs to complete the appropriate forms and bring them to the Student Employment Office. All forms must be handed in and processed together.

For international students: employment guidelines

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