Why Should I Work?
Students earn money to help pay their living expenses, offset college costs and reduce student loans. Students get a paycheck every two weeks; they may use the money for whatever they choose. All campus jobs pay at least the federal minimum wage.
Contrary to popular opinion, students who work perform well academically. In fact, working students at The College at Brockport have higher grades than their non-working classmates. Over 78% of our employed students agree or strongly agree that "work significantly contributes to one's overall educational experience."
Retention is enhanced. Students, particularly freshmen, are more likely to stay in school if they work on campus. Dr. Lee Noel, a national authority on student success, says "With campus jobs, students automatically become involved with the campus…. Their student employment provides them with an easy way of belonging, a natural tie-in to at least one office on campus."
Work experience boosts careers, according to surveys of both employers and students. At The College at Brockport, 84% of students agree that work "provides a student with skills which are an advantage in the post-graduate job market." A national survey of human resource directors revealed 89 percent thought work experience was as important as grades in hiring applicants.
All students applying for jobs are categorized as Work-Study eligible or non-Work Study eligible:
Work-Study: If you apply for financial aid and you check off that you are interested, you are automatically considered for a form of aid called Federal Work-Study. If eligible, a dollar amount will appear on your financial aid letter. Work-Study provides an opportunity to work and earn up to the amount of your "award." Since we offer Work-Study to only a few hundred students and have a comparable number of jobs, Work-Study is desirable to use—finding a job is almost a sure thing. We do have a limited amount of work study to offer, so apply early.
Non-Work-Study: Two-thirds of the students hired each year do not receive Work-Study. If you are in this category, visit JobShop to review other jobs. Remember that, since any student is eligible to apply, competition is stiff. So start your job search early.
See our JobShop QuickGuide (PDF) to find a job.
We advertise jobs continuously. Most campus departments hire in the summer and early in the fall semester, but many begin advertising in the spring for fall openings. These supervisors will be interviewing and hiring as candidates apply. The best jobs fill first. Jobs are posted and filled year-round, so if you are not successful at first, be persistent.
All students hired on campus must visit Student Employment to complete required paperwork. Work-Study eligible students who have not obtained a work study position at Student Employment by October 1 will be assumed to be not interested and have their Work-Study award cancelled.
For on-campus jobs, we must check that all students hired are eligible to work. For most American-born students, this means showing a photo ID (driver's license or college ID) and either a Social Security card or birth certificate.
All student employment options are open to graduate students. In addition, graduate students may qualify for teaching or research graduate assistantships. Information about those positions is available from your major department, and on JobShop.
International students have additional requirements and limitations. More information about limitations and requirements is available on the international students services webpage.
All campus jobs pay at least the federal minimum wage. We operate evaluation and wage-step processes, so it is possible to earn more based on performance and longevity. Most jobs schedule eight to 12 hours per week. Working more than 20 hours per week may hurt grades, so we normally restrict students employed on campus to no more than 20 hours per week.
We encourage direct deposit of your paycheck from on-campus jobs. This ensures you can receive checks over breaks in a timely manner. Direct deposit forms will be available at Payroll, 4th floor Allen Administration Building or Student Employment when you arrive on campus, or you may get the Direct Deposit form here (PDF) .
For information on jobs with BASC check out the BASC Employment webpage.
Additional link for students who have found a job