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Student Employment

Student Employment is an opportunity for students to earn money while working on-campus. Jobs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There are two employment programs available for students on campus:

  • Federal Work Study (FWS): this is a federally supported employment program for students who are eligible based on the FAFSA.
  • Student Assistant (SA): this is a University employment program. Financial need is not a requirement for participation.

Finding a Job

On and off-campus employers post jobs, internships and other opportunities on Hire a Red Hawk! Using your Hire a Red Hawk account allows you to take advantage of Montclair State University’s vast network of industry connections.

Acceptable Compensation Scale

Compensation for working on campus is determined by the department in which a student works. The Office of Student Financial Aid only determines the total amount a student can earn per semester; the department determines how much a student earns per hour. For reference, below is an acceptable compensation scale.

Departments should note that once a student has earned their allotted work study amount for the semester and/or academic year, the student is no longer eligible to receive work study. The student must then be paid from the department’s budget (therefore becoming a Student Assistant) or they can no longer work until the following semester or academic year.

Class Skill Level 1 Skill Level 2 Skill Level 3 Skill Level 4
Freshman $8.60* $8.66 $8.75 $9.00
Sophomore $8.66 $8.75 $9.00 $9.25
Junior $8.75 $9.00 $9.25 $9.50
Senior $9.00 $9.25 $9.50 $9.75

*The minimum hourly rate is effective as of 01/01/2018

Requirements for Working On-Campus

All students must complete the following:

  • I-9 Hours – Report to Human Resources to complete this form. Review the List of Required Documents and bring originals to Human Resources.
  • W-4 form: Federal.
  • Please keep copies of all documents you submit.

Federal Work Study – Specific Instructions

If a student has not submitted a timesheet and/or has not obtained employment by October for fall enrollees or by March for spring enrollees, their work study award will be canceled. Please note that if an award is canceled, it will be offered to another student. Your award offer will be cancelled for the semester and/or academic year.

Departments should note that once a student has earned their allotted federal work-study amount for the semester and/or academic year, the student is no longer eligible for work-study and the student must be paid from the department’s budget (as a Student Assistant) or they can no longer work for the remainder of the semester or academic year.