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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: July 23, 2015

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. 


Ancell School of Business (Work Study)

Job Description: Ancell School of Business Dean's office is in need of student workers to assist with the day to day functions.  Duties would include greeting visitors, answering phones, distributing mail, photocopying, and filing, along with assisting other departments within the Ancell School of Business. 

Desired Qualifications: Student applicant should be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.  An applicant with prior customer service experience is desired, but the office will train new hires.  Work study students desired.

Contact: Cathy Cote, or call 203-837-8782



Art Department (Work Study)

Job Description: Art Room Monitors (2-3)

The Art Department is seeking students to act as art room monitors (Design Room, Painting Room, Sculpture Room) for open classroom hours (late afternoons, evenings, and Fridays).  Duties include opening and closing of classroom, monitoring of facilities, equipment, and student usage.  Minor clean up of facilities at the end of daily sessions will be expected.

Students are needed Monday-Thursday from 6pm-9pm, and Fridays 11am-5pm.  Schedules can be flexible depending on how many students apply.

Desired Qualifications: Student applicants must have Work-Study.  Art students are preferred, but not required.

Contact: Catherine Vanaria, VPA 150D, 203-837-3919,

Athletics (Work Study)

Job Description: A Work-Study student will assist staff Athletic Trainers in daily duties as needed in intercollegiate sports.  Duties may include preparation of practice/game venue in pre-game, game, and post-game settings.  This may also include interaction with visiting team assistance as delegated by staff Athletic Training personnel.

$9.15-$10.00/hr, 20 hours/week

Desired Qualifications: knowledge of sport requirements, ability in lifting/carrying some weighted equipment, and flexibility/availability in scheduling including weekend contests.

Contact: Mark Allen, MS, ATC at, or call 203-837-9016.



Child Care Center -Midtown Campus (Work Study)

Job Description: Preschool Teacher's Aide to assist Teachers in operation of preschool program; maintain site to ensure clean, safe and pleasant environment; other duties may be assigned; regular and consistent attendance is an essential function of this position.

$12.00/hour; Hours range from 7:30am-5:30pm: Hours are flexible and revolving around student's class schedule; up to 20 hours/week.

Desired Qualifications: Must be comfortable working with preschool children; good verbal and interpersonal communication skills, cooperate well with teachers, follow directions, ability to adhere to safety regulations, student must have Work-Study.

Contact: Lauren Halpin at or call 203-837-8733



Communication and Media Arts

Job Description: The department is looking for an Office Assistant and Media Production Assistant

$9.15-$9.50/hr, depending on experience

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowlege of video production techniques and post-production/editing

  • Prerequisite- COM 146: Basic Video Production, or comparable experience

  • Work-Study students preferred

Contact: Dr. JC Barone 203-837-3233



Ellsworth Avenue Elementary School (Work Study)

1.  Job Description: Office Clerk

8:30am-3:30pm; Hours are flexible and revolving around student's class schedule

Desired Qualifications: Good communication skills, ability to sort and file, attention to detail, student must have work study

2.  Job Description: Classroom Teacher Assistants to use copier, grading papers, sorting and filing, putting up bulletin boards

8am-4pm; Hours are flexible and revolving around student's class schedule

Desired Qualifications: Cooperate well with faculty/staff, follow directions, attention to detail, student must have work study


3.  Job Description: Nurse's Assistant

8:30am-3:30pm; Hours are flexible and revolving around student's class schedule

Desired Qualifications: Nursing student a plus, but not necessary; ability to sort, file, and assist nurse in various duties, student must have work study

All positions will be paid $12.00/hr

If interested in any of these positions at Ellsworth Ave. Elementary, contact Jan Edwards at



Health Service (Work Study)

Job Description: The student worker will provide office support including: filing, answering phones, making medical appointments, assisting with faxing, copying, health fair set-up, delivering memos to other departments on campus, etc.  Students will assist with restocking the waiting room and exam rooms with educational materials and supplies, respectively.

$9.15/hr, up to 20 hours/week

Desired Qualifications:

-Customer service experience

-Previous filing and/or office experience

-Ability to work independently on assigned tasks

-Attention to confidentiality required

Contact: Dawn Lipke in Health Service at 203-837-8593



Judicial Affairs (Work-Study)

Job Description: The Office of Judicial Affairs is looking for work-study students to assist with daily functions of the office.  Students must be friendly and customer-service oriented.  Responsibilities include filing, answering phones, taking messages, updating judicial database, and other duties as needed.  This position requires a high level of confidentiality.

Desired Qualifications:

-Students must have work-study

-Attention to confidentiality

Contact: Charles Alexander, Director of Judicial Affairs, at 203-837-8770.



Media Services

Job Description: Media Services is seeking freelance Event Support Assistants to work on an as-needed basis providing media support for events on campus.  Support includes:

  • Setting up/breaking down media equipment (LCD projectors, laptops, screens, microphones, etc.)

  • Assisting clients with the use of such equipment, including troubleshooting

  • Videotaping events (lectures, music performances, theater performances, sports, etc.)

  • Video Editing

No experience necessary.  Hours vary, including nights and weekends.

Desired Qualifications: Interest in video production




PAM/Weather Center (Work Study)

Job Description: Practice your skill forecasting the weather with real world clients, and get experience that will put you ahead of your peers when seeking your first job upon graduation.

Hours are from 12-7pm.  Shifts are typically three hours long.


Desired Qualifications: Student should be awarded Work Study as part of their financial aid package.  Meteorology/Physics major, minor preferred,  Others considered.

Contact: Gary Lessor



Student Affairs (Work Study Preferred) -Fall 2015

Job Description: A student office assistant is needed to assist with daily operations in Student Affairs.  Duties will include answering phones, greeting visitors, filing, copying, creating/posting flyers.  Secondary areas of responsibility may include  internet research, placing calls to students, making campus deliveries, etc.

Desired Qualifications: Work Study students are preferred, but others should inquire as well.  Office experience is preferred, but not necessary.  Training will be provided.

Contact: Interested students should call Birte Selvaraj at 203-837-8606 or email



Theatre Arts (Work Study)

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.



University Publication and Design (Work-Study) -Position available 7/1/15

Job Description: University Publications & Design is looking for a student to work in the office as a production assistant. Typical duties would include copying classroom materials (syllabi, handouts, worksheets, etc.), cutting, binding and mounting oversized prints to foam board.

Desired Qualifications: Applicants must have been awarded Work-Study funds for 2015-16. 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 handle multiple projects at a given time. Ideally, the applicant would be available 12-18 hours per week. The position is available July 1, 2015.

Contact: Liis Simon




Westconnect Office/Locksmith (Work Study)

Job Description: The department is looking for a work-study student to assist the locksmith.  Training will be provided.

$10.00/hour, up to 20 hours/week

Desired Qualifications: Student applicants must be awarded work-study.  The department is looking for someone who is mechanically inclined, highly motivated, and reliable. 

Contact: If interested, contact Mike Ercoli at





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.


Bridge Program at Danbury High School- Writing Tutor Needed

Job Description: The Bridge Program is looking to hire a Writing Tutor for Danbury High School.

Successful applicant should have excellent communication skills, be engaging, well organized, and be able to tutor on-site at Danbury HS.

Desired Qualifications: include a strong ELA/Writing background and a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Individual should be comfortable tutoring high school students.

The tutor will be paid $10.00/hour and should be available on Wednesdays: 11:30am-2pm, and Fridays 10:30am-1:30pm.

Contact: Melissa Carlo at 203-837-3215 or by email at if you are interested in the off-campus opportunity, or have additional questions.







WCSU Weather Information

Current Conditions in Danbury

Current Conditions

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Wind: 7MPH from the S
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Pressure: 30 in.
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Emergency / Weather Alert Information

The Emergency / Weather Alert will be posted on the WCSU home page any time an emergency or bad weather causes a delay, cancellation or early closing of the university.

Weather Alert Example

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Greater Danbury 5-Day Forecast

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