FAQs about Student Employment

These are the most frequently asked questions regarding student employment. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call the Financial Aid Office at (757) 221-2420.

Student Employment

Who is eligible for student employment?
All classified students of W&M are eligible to work on campus.

How many hours can I work?
You are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the school year. You are allowed to work up to 40 hours per week during breaks.

Can I have more than one job on campus?
Yes, but the total number of hours allowed is the same whether you have one or two jobs.

How will I be paid?
You are paid an hourly rate which is usually the current federal minimum wage. This may be higher, depending on the type of work and skills required.

Federal Work-Study

What is Federal Work-Study?
This is a federal program which provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay expenses incurred while in school.

Who is eligible for Federal Work-Study?
Students who demonstrate financial need. FWS has to be awarded as part of your financial aid package.  If you have not been awarded FWS, you do NOT have it!

Process for Getting on Student Payroll

Which forms are required to be completed before I get my first paycheck?

  • Student Employment Initiation Form (Step One form)
  • Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9)
  • Federal Tax Form (W-4)
  • Virginia Tax Form (VA-4)
  • Direct Deposit (You are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit)

All forms should be completed on or before the first day of employment.

Who has these forms?
The hiring department collects all of these forms and verifies documents for the I-9 form.

What is an I-9 form?
This is an online federal form which has to be completed by all new employees before beginning work. Proper identification must be presented to your employer before beginning employment.

What are the most commonly used forms of identification?
A social security card or birth certificate along with a driver's license will be accepted.

Once I have completed all of the necessary forms, when can I expect my first paycheck?
It usually takes a month before you get your first paycheck. Pay periods run twice a month. Therefore, if you start work August 16th, you will get your first check on September 16th. This check will be for the time you worked August 16-31.