How do I apply for a job?

First, you must be awarded Federal Work Study aid on your financial aid award letter.

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?

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
  • Have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) as determined by FAFSA in an eligible range
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of six credits
What paperwork do I need to complete?

Once you have been hired, students will receive an email from our payroll system, Paycom, with new hire paperwork to complete.  This will include your I-9 Employment Eligibility form, federal and state taxes, and direct deposit information.  We encourage all students to sign up for direct deposit to simplify your life; if you do not sign up for direct deposit, you will need to come to HR to sign for your checks.

How and when will I be paid?

Students are paid on a bi-weekly basis at an hourly rate. The pay schedule is available at

They receive a pay stub for all hours worked if they utilize direct deposit, otherwise they will receive a live check that needs to be cashed. Students will need to complete their timesheets and have them approved by supervisors in Paycom by noon on Fridays.

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.