Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Student Employment Office

Work-study awards & earnings limits

Students who have completed an application for financial aid and have eligibility for federal work-study funds (FWS) may receive a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award as part of their financial aid package. This award is commonly referred to as a "work allotment" or earnings limit. Most students use this award to cover books, supplies and personal expenses. Students' total yearly earnings must not exceed the total work award: Students are not eligible to work on campus once they have earned their full work allotments. Unused work-study allotments may not be carried over to the next academic year.

What happens if my work-study funds run out before the end of the academic year?
You are responsible for managing your work awards appropriately. If your work-study funds run out, you must stop working on campus.

Non academic year employment

Students do not earn their work-study allotments during January Break (except when performing paid community service), Senior Week, Commencement-Reunion Weekend, or summer break. During these time periods, students hired by individual departments are paid from the department's operations budget. New Request for Hire/Work Authorization Forms (RWAF) must be completed so that student workers can be processed on the nonacademic year student payroll.

Hours per week table

To determine the number of hours a you should work each week in order to earn your allotment, use the following table. This table is based on a 31-week academic year, which includes all break periods except January Break.

Work Allotment Pay Rate Hours Per Week*
$1500 $8.00 6.0
$1500 $8.25 5.9
$1500 $8.50 5.7
$1500 $9.25 5.2
$2000 $8.00 8.0
$2000 $8.25 7.8
$2000 $8.50 7.5
$2000 $9.25 6.9

*This table of hours per week is based on a student working in one position only. If a you work in more than one position on campus, these hours must be divided among all positions.

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