How it works
Work-study employment is paid in part from federal financial aid funds and is reserved for students who qualify on the basis of financial need. Therefore, your financial aid file must be complete before you can obtain a work-study employment authorization. Money earned through the Federal Work-Study program is paid directly to you and may be used for personal expenses.
For additional general information about Federal Work-Study you may also visit our Work-Study website.
Virtual Student Employment Expo: Tiger Jobs
Starting on August 26st, new students may search for a work-study job via the Career Resource Center's online database, Tiger Jobs. (You may also contact campus supervisors directly to find out if they are hiring.)
You'll be able to access Tiger Jobs and the student employment application through insidePacific, using your PacificNet ID. (Click on the Living tab, then on the Tiger Jobs link.)
Watch for further information about the Virtual Student Employment Expo in e-mails from the Career Resource Center. Most hiring takes place at the start of fall semester, but jobs are also available at the beginning of spring semester and throughout most of the academic year.
New students who plan to work on campus must go to the Human Resources Office to fill out a W-4 form (Withholding Allowance Certificate) and obtain a Legal Status to Work card. Be advised that all students are required to have a background check.
At HR, you will need to show documents that establish both your identity and your employment eligibility—for example, your driver's license and your Social Security card (not a copy). To view a complete list of acceptable documents, please go to the Human Resources Office. A copy of you award letter, which includes your work-study eligibility can be printed through insidePacific.
When you apply for a job, be prepared to show the supervisor your Legal Status to Work card and tell him/her the amount of your work-study award.
Do not start working until you have a Legal Status to Work card.
Financial Aid Office - Knoles Hall
After you have been hired to a work-study job, come to the Financial Aid Office to get an employment authorization form. A member of the Financial Aid staff will enter your award information in the top section of the authorization form. You and your supervisor will fill out and sign other sections of the form.
Note: Your supervisor must forward your completed authorization to Human Resources before you can start work.
If you work for more than one department, or if you change jobs, you'll need to process a separate authorization for each job.
Time Sheets & Payment Options
Once you start work, you will record your hours on time sheets which are submitted to the Payroll Office.
Time sheets are collected and students are paid twice a month. For any given pay period, the amount you receive will depend on your hourly rate of pay and the number of hours worked during that pay period.
If you sign up for direct deposit, your earnings will be paid directly into your bank account, eliminating the need to go to your workplace and pick up a check.
You are responsible for completing your time sheets so that your supervisor can forward them to Payroll. You must also keep track of how much you have earned so you don't earn more than the amount awarded.
You may earn your work-study award any time during the academic year. Eligibility not used in the fall carries over to spring, but work-study not earned by the end of the school year is cancelled.
Work-study pay rates are determined according to guidelines established by the Office of Human Resources and must be equal to or greater than the federal minimum wage. Work-study income is taxable.
Unlike other financial aid, work-study is not automatically deposited in your Pacific student account and does not affect the amount of your payments to the University.
You are not required to utilize the work-study portion of your financial aid package. Leaving all or part of your work-study unused will not affect the financial aid award you receive next year.
For more general information about work-study visit our site on Work-Study and Student Employment