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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student Employment Options

There are a variety of on-campus employment opportunities for RIT students. The hourly rate of pay begins at minimum wage and is dependent upon the skill or experience required for the job. Student employees are paid bi-weekly and these earnings are taxable. Most students use their earnings to pay for books, travel, and personal expenses rather than for tuition and fees.

On-campus student employment is limited to students who are full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) and matriculated (accepted into a degree program).

New students who wish to work on-campus must first receive an offer of employment from an on-campus employer. At this time, the new supervisor will complete a “Student Employment Verification Slip” to bring to the Student Employment office to complete the employment eligibility process. This process must be completed in person in the Student Employment Office (SEO). The SEO is located in the University Services Center, Room 1350. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Once this process has been completed, students will receive their Employment Eligibility Card for the current academic year. All on-campus jobs are listed on the Student Employment Office’s website. Just select the job(s) you wish to apply for and contact the employer via email or phone. All contact information regarding the job will be found with the job listing.

Federal Work Study is a government-subsidized financial aid program which provides part-time jobs to assist students in paying for their education. Federal Work Study is offered by RIT to students who meet the eligibility requirements as determined by information reported on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You are required to report all of your income on the FAFSA, including your total Federal Work Study earnings. However, your Federal Work Study earnings should be reported on Worksheet C of the FAFSA. This value is automatically excluded from your total income when your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated. Federal Work Study awards may be decreased or changed to RIT Campus Employment if you decide to apply for either the Graduate PLUS or a non-federal loan.

RIT Campus Employment offers on-campus job opportunities to all work eligible students. These jobs are offered regardless of a student’s financial need (therefore filing a FAFSA is not required) and are similar to Federal Work Study jobs. Wages are paid by RIT, and therefore, income earned from RIT Employment is considered an available resource if you file a FAFSA for the following year.