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Student Employment FAQ

When and where can I apply for jobs?

If you received a work study award in your financial aid package, you may begin applying for jobs around August 15th. Student Employment will email all eligible students in early August and provide them with instructions on how to use JobX (Vassar’s online student job application board) and tips for navigating the application process.


What do I need to do before coming to campus?

In order to work on campus, you will need to complete an I-9 form once you are offered a job. This form requires you to provide specific, ORIGINAL documentation to verify your identity. Unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or cell phone pictures so please be sure to pack your ORIGINAL documents with you.
List of Acceptable Documentation.

Begin applying for jobs in mid August (if eligible)


Can I still work even if I don’t have work study?

Yes, but students without work study must wait until October 1st to begin applying for on campus jobs. We will notify students by email when JobX opens up to everyone.


What types of jobs are available?

Student jobs can be found in almost every area at Vassar. On campus jobs include research assistants, admission tour guides, office assistants, lifeguards, lab assistants, campus patrol, academic interns, tech desk support, library maintenance, museum docents, event staff, etc. There are also a limited number of off-campus community service opportunities available.


Is there a limit to how much I can work?

Yes, students are eligible to earn up to the amount listed as their work study award. For most first year students the maximum is $2,400, but yours may be different. Please refer to your financial aid award letter for your actual award amount. If you are not on work study, you will still be held to the limit for your class year. For first year students, the maximum is $2,400.


What is a typical work schedule?

First-year students may work an average of 7 hours per week. Students coordinate their work schedules directly with their supervisor. Shifts are based around the student’s academic classes and the department’s needs.


How will I be paid?

The hourly wage is $11.10. Students receive a paycheck for the hours that they work every two weeks. Work study funds are NOT applied to your student account.


What if my question isn't listed here?

Please feel free to email, stop by our office (S-199 Main located in Student Financial Services) at any time during business hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30am–5:00pm), or give us a call at (845) 437-5286. All Student Employment related information is also available on the Student Financial Services website.