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Federal Work Study, Student Employment and COVID-19

Important Message for Student Employees from Financial Aid.

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Important Notice

In light of the changes related to the Coronavirus, the following policies have been established as they relate to student employment:

  • Many students who remain enrolled and who wish to continue working will be able to do so and will get paid for the hours they work.
  • Some departments will continue to employ students in on-campus positions. However only students who continue to reside on campus may work on campus.
  • If a department has work that can be assigned to a remote employee, enrolled students (either current resident or commuter) may be employed in this fashion.
  • There is no change to the process for submitting hours worked, supervisor approval or paychecks being processed.

Guidelines for Federal Work Study Students

  • Students who are able to, can maintain their current work schedule; additional hours will not be supported by the Federal Work Study Program.
  • Students should not work more than 10 hours per week.
  • Students are still restricted to the amount of their academic year award and cannot exceed their posted award on the NEST portal. The University is unable to increase student awards; when students have earned their academic year allotment, they will have to stop working or be moved to a position funded by the University, if available.
  • Students may work remotely only if the department supervisor has assignments that they determine can be performed remotely.
  • A remote student’s activities will be documented. Departments will be asking students to report the number of hours worked and tasks completed on a daily basis.
  • Students who are unable to continue working on campus and unable to work remotely must inform their department supervisor. Students who remain in financial need and were dependent on their work study salary for educational or personal expenses may still be eligible for funding. Inform your supervisor, who will contact the Financial Aid Office on your behalf.

Guidelines for University Funded Student Employees

  • Students are expected to maintain their current work schedule and not add hours unless given approval to do so by the supervisor.
  • Students should not work more than 20 hours per week.
  • Students may work remotely only if the department supervisor has assignments that they determine students are capable of performing remotely.
  • If a department has University funded students who are unable to work, either on campus or remotely, the students will not be paid. If students are unable to work and face a financial hardship due to the loss of employment, they should inform their supervisor to request assistance.

If you have any questions, please contact George Maize at

With your support, we will get through this difficult time.

Thank you
Financial Aid Office