Student Employment

One way of assisting with the cost of higher education is through student employment. This employment may be through a job on or off campus. Students can work up to 12 hours a week during the academic year and earn $1,160 to $2,784 a year. During breaks and the summer, a student may work up to 20 hours a week. Students determine their work schedule based on their academic commitments and availability of funds. A variety of jobs are available, including positions as peer counselors, building managers, typists, clerical workers, and tutors. The Office of Student Employment is housed in the Financial Aid Office in Morrison Hall, the telephone number is x2185 and email is

Assistance in finding a job is available through The Office of Financial Aid for on-campus jobs or The Career Development Center and Advisement Center for off-campus opportunities. The procedures for obtaining employment (for those students who never worked) are as follows:

  • Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Verification, if required, must be completed)
  • Attend one scheduled 45 minute employment seminar. Students must attend one scheduled 45 minute employment seminar at the beginning of the semester. A schedule of seminars is found below. It is important to note that funds and/or jobs may be limited and, consequently, jobs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • After selecting a job of interest on WPJobConnect, schedule an interview with that Department and obtain your Selection Form from Financial Aid Office prior to proceeding to the interview. If approved, the department (or off-campus agency) will have you return to the Financial Aid Office to complete the hiring process.
  • Returning students who are restarting an assignment must stop by the Financial Aid Office to pick up their first time sheet. You cannot begin to work nor be paid without being cleared.

Please note: Once you have been placed in a job, you will not be permitted to change positions for the year without extenuating circumstances, so choose your job carefully.

If you cannot find a job when you apply, revisit WPJobConnect or the Career Development and Advisement Center to check on the availability of jobs.


Fall 2014 Student Employment

                              **All workshops are 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM in the Library Auditorium **

                                                             Thursday, August 28, 2014

                                                             Tuesday, September 9, 2014

                                                             Thursday, September 11, 2014

                                                             Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

                                                             Tuesday, September 23, 2014

                                                             Thursday, September 25, 2014                                                            


                      QUESTIONS?  PLEASE CALL: 973-720-3839                      

All students will be given a Selection Form to be filled out and returned at the end of the workshop. Students should be prepared to have their Social Security card and a picture I.D. which can be the University ID card or a driver’s license If assigned a job.

Students employed on campus are paid every two weeks. Earnings are not applied to student's accounts but are issued as checks and distributed by the Payroll Office, located in College Hall.

Employment Programs

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study, which is funded partially by the federal government and William Paterson University, provides jobs on and off-campus for students who demonstrate financial need. Need is determined from the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Part-time work-study employment is available both on and off campus during the academic year, and awards are made for one academic year only. Jobs are also available during the summer terms. Students may work as many as 20 hours a week and do not need to be enrolled in summer classes.

Only undergraduate students who are United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents are eligible for this program. You must be admitted to William Paterson University as at least a half-time student (carrying 6 or more credit hours each semester).

The advantage of qualifying for Federal Work-Study is work-study earnings are deducted from income when applying for financial aid for the next academic year. Consequently, your eligibility next year will not be harmed.

If you are unable to find employment after a reasonable attempt or cannot work because of schedule conflicts or class loads, you should contact the Office for a review of your financial aid award.

Employment Limits

Federal Work-Study

Once you have been approved for placement, your financial aid award letter will be updated to show a Federal Work Study award. That award specifies the total amount that you can earn from the Federal Work-Study program. Your employer will be notified of the limit and consequently, requires that you monitor your earnings so that you do not exceed this amount.

Once your Federal Work-Study limit has been reached, your department/employer should not allow you to continue working. Under certain circumstances, your work-study limit may be increased by contacting our office for a possible award adjustment.

Student Assistant Program

This program is identical to the Federal Work Study program except that it is funded completely by William Paterson University. Some students who do not qualify for work study may be placed on a job through this program.

The Community Service Program

The Community Service Program is an option for eligible students in the FWS program. Students may be employed in services off-campus which can enhance their educational program. They are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to community needs in such areas as:

  • child care
  • literacy
  • education, including tutorial services
  • counseling, including career counseling

Those wishing to participate or find out more about the Community Service Program should visit
the Career Development and Advisement Center website.