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Financial Aid: Student Employment

Student employment is an integral part of the university and of university life for many students. Student labor benefits the school in almost every academic and administrative department on campus. The student's employment can be related to his/her major and/or interests and work schedules can be arranged around the student's academic schedule.

Western Connecticut State University employs approximately 400 students during the academic year. The types of jobs available are as diverse as the students themselves. There is a complete list of jobs and their descriptions available for students to examine in the Office of Student Financial Services.

Students are paid biweekly with an hourly rate of pay contingent on the difficulty of the position and the experience of the student. The first paycheck is held back for two weeks, as required by the state.

There are two major funding sources for the student labor force at Western Connecticut State University:

  • The Federal College Work Study Program.
  • The Institutional Payroll.

The Federal College Work Study Program is a federally funded program based on financial need. Because the program is financially need based, work experience is not the qualifying factor. In order to work under the Federal College Work Study Program, a student must meet the conditions listed under the Pell Grant section previously discussed.

The dollar amount awarded under the College Work-Study Program to a student on his/her Award Letter, is not a guaranteed receivable. It is a fair estimate of what a student could earn.

College Work-Study is an allotment that students can earn if they have a job on campus. It is not money that is directly deferred on their bill, or automatically applied while they are working.

If a student does not put in the necessary hours or is released from employment for just cause, the money shown on the Award Letter will not be obtained.

The Institutional Payroll is not based on a students financial need in relation to qualifying under the federal programs. Students are employed under this program based on the needs of the department, the availability of funds, and the student's experience in specific areas.

All federal and state funds are subject to federal and state regulations and Western Connecticut State University will comply as mandated.

Federal Tax Information

Any funds received from scholarships, benefits, fellowships, WCSU or any other source that combined exceed the cost of tuition, fees, books, required equipment and supplies are considered taxable income. These include federal Pell Grants, but not federal loans. The borrower is required to report taxable awards to the IRS as income and therefore should keep a detailed record of all expenditures. Housing and food are considered nonexempt, so money spent on these items is subject to income tax.


 Job Opportunities

Please note that International Students on F1 or J1 Visa must obtain work permission prior to applying for on or off campus employment.  Please contact Katrina Lynne Clark in Financial Aid at for more information.

Last Updated: August 22, 2014

On Campus

*The following departments have notified Financial Aid and Student Employment of the following job opportunities. Please be aware that these positions may or may not be filled depending on the time that you apply. 


AccessAbility Services

Job Description: Looking for a student to assist with the daily operations of AccessAbilitiy Services. Students must be customer-service oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. Responsibilities may include: filing, answering phones, taking messages, assisting with large mailing, assisting dept. secretary, sending faxes and making copies,  updating student files. This position requires a high level of confidentiality. Interested students must be available to work on Mondays and/or Wednesdays.


Interested students should submit a resume and contact information to

University Publications & Design (Work Study Students Only)

 University Publications & Design is looking for a Student Production Assistant. Typical duties would include copying classroom materials (syllabi, handouts, worksheets, etc.), cutting, binding and mounting oversized prints to foam board. An interest in art or graphic design is a plus, but not required. Applicants must be responsible, possess great attention to detail, and must also be able to multitask.

  •  12-18 hours per week

  • Applicants must have been awarded work-study funds for 2014-15.

Contact Liis Simon at with a statement of interest about the position.



Department of Theatre Arts

Three Work-Study Positions are Available:

1.  Administrative Assistants 

  • Must have organizational skills, and ability to carry out general office responsibilities such as photocopying

  • Ability to work in Microsoft Office applications such as Word processing and Excel

  • Good communication skills for interfacing with faculty, students, and the public

2.  Technical Theatre Shop Assistants

  •  Must have organizational skills and ability to work independently

  • Any knowledge of tools and construction techniques is desired. 

  • Applicant must be available in the afternoons for work.

3.  Costume Shop Assistants

  •  Must have organizational skills and ability to work independently

  • Any type of sewing and/or craft skills are useful.

  •  Applicant must be available in the afternoons for work.


Interested students should contact Pam McDaniel at, or by phone at 203-837-8422.


  Western at Waterbury

Fall 2014              Founders Hall  Western at Waterbury Computer Lab Assistant Needed

M, T, W 3-8PM

Ideal candidate is reliable, responsible, a self-starter, is familiar with computer technology & WCSU applications and enjoys teaching new users.

Training will be provided by IT&I staff.

Please email your resume to


Off Campus Job Opportunities

*If you are interested in any of the following positions please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment to ensure your eligibility before contacting the Agency

 Off Campus Employment Opportunities are available only during the Fall and Spring Semesters.  Please check during the month of August for employment opportunities.


Dive Shop 439 Federal Road, Brookfield 06804

 Part-time position available for assistant swim team coach.  The Applicant's primary responsibility will be to work with younger, more novice swimmers, and will require some in-water work. Occasional work is with other practice groups, so applicants must have the ability to communicate with a wide range of kids.

Applicants must have or be able to get the following certifications within 90 days:


-Lifeguarding or Coaches Safety Training

-Background check

  •  5 to 10 hours a week

  • $10/hr based on experience

  • Preferably competitive swimming background/experience working with kids, but not required

  • Starting Sept 8, 2014 through February 2015

 Please send a cover letter describing your interest in this position along with a brief resume to Roger Simmons at







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