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Student Guide to Employment - Guidelines to Working as a Student

As a student employee, there are guidelines about the amount of hours a student can work. Students are able to work more than one job, however, please note the guidelines are for the combined number of hours of all jobs worked.

During the semester:

Policy: 30 hours per week maximum
Recommendation: 20 hours per week maximum

During breaks longer than 5 days (including summer):

Policy: 40 hours per week maximum

Resident Assistants:

Policy: 20 hours per week maximum

Students must obtain permission from their direct supervisor to work beyond 20 hours in a week, per the Resident Assistant Agreement.

International Students:

Please see the International Students tab located at the right.

Some things to remember:

  • In setting a work schedule, employers and students are encouraged to keep in mind that the student’s primary focus should be on academic endeavors and that there must be a balance between educational responsibilities and work.
  • The student’s work schedule and number of hours per week should be negotiated between the student and supervisor.
  • Under no circumstance should a student be scheduled to work during their active class times.
  • If a student works more than 40 hours in a work week, the employer must pay the student overtime (time and a half). The employer cannot use Work-Study funds to pay overtime.

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