Hours and Salary

Students typically work 10-20 hours per week. Federal Work-Study students are limited to working 20 hours per week during periods of enrollment and 40 hours per week during periods of non-enrollment, such as winter and spring breaks. Students who work over 20 hours per week (among all campus jobs) are subject to FICA (Social Security) taxes being deducted from his/her wages. Therefore, 20 hours per week is the maximum number of hours recommended for academic reasons as well as tax reasons. Your department should notify you when you reach your award maximum. The department has the option of either continuing your assignment and paying you 100% from its departmental budget or ending your assignment altogether. If funding permits, most departments will make every attempt to continue your assignment.

The hourly wage range for students is $7.50 to $9.00, depending upon the complexity of the job and the skills required to perform the job. Federal Work-Study earnings are taxable income. Emory Human Resources provides each student employee with a W-2 form after the end of the calendar year, which can also be accessed online.

Students are allowed employment in only one Federal Work-Study (FWS) job at a time with one exception; a student may be employed in two FWS jobs if one of the positions is in the Emory Reads tutoring program (a division of the America Reads program). For more information on Emory Reads, please contact the Student Employment Office. A student can be employed as a regular student worker (which is funded entirely by the hiring department) and as a Federal Work-Study student worker simultaneously.

Before a student starts to work any Federal Work-Study job, all necessary hiring forms must be on file with Human Resources. The responsible supervisor for the student must complete all hiring via HR Web and the hiring approved by Human Resources.