Federal Work Study Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a job?

First, you must be awarded Federal Work Study aid on your financial aid award letter. Then, you will need to attend the Federal Work Study Job Fair at the start of the semester so that you can meet with supervisors and submit applications to the positions available.

Supervisors will review the applications after meeting with students and communicate their selection. A student may be hired on the spot, or contacted via email regarding employment. 

For more information, please view the Federal Work Study Process.

When can I start working?

You may begin working once you have been offered a position and have completed the necessary paperwork. By law, you cannot begin employment until your I-9 form has been approved. Your supervisor will coordinate your start date and work schedule.

Who is eligible for Federal student employment?

Students who filed a FAFSA and are US citizens are eligible for Federal Work Study student employment. International Students are not eligible for federal student employment.

What paperwork do I need to complete?

Students must complete the Federal Work Study Hire Packet. All forms must be completed before you can receive a paycheck. All students must enroll in direct deposit.

How and when will I be paid?

Student workers are paid on a monthly basis (except during the summer) at an hourly rate. They receive a pay stub for all hours worked, since pay is directly deposited into designated accounts. Time cards received after the first day of the month will be processed for payment the following month. Each student's supervisor must approve their timesheet.

How many hours am I allowed to work?

Because your primary goal at Notre Dame should be your education, you may not work more than 20 hours per week.

What types of positions are available?

The jobs are at locations on-campus and off-campus that may complement the students’ educational or career goals. You may be assigned to a work area related to your emphasis of study. All of the tasks performed by Work Study students are essential to the efficiency and effectiveness of the operation of the University and the surrounding community.

On-campus jobs include working in the computer and educational labs, university library, departmental and administration offices, and the daycare center on campus.

Off-campus opportunities include working in community service jobs, such as tutoring in an elementary school or working at a neighboring community center. Students working in these positions serve the needs of the community and provide the students an enriching and rewarding experience.