Applying for a Job & Getting on the Payroll

First, please read the Student Fact Sheet (pdf).

How to Apply for a Job
  1. Search for jobs that interest you on the On-Campus Student Jobs website.
  2. Contact the department to express your interest in the position. If you are receiving university work-study as part of your financial aid award, be sure to indicate that when discussing possible employment as priority is given to work-study students.
  3. Some of the larger campus employers have scheduled employment sessions planned and offer on-site interviews for interested students. Be prepared to complete an application for these employers and have your class schedule available.
How to Get on the Payroll

The following forms must be completed on the first day of employment. These forms are found in myW&M by selecting the Employee tab, which will become available once your Student Employment form has been processed by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

  • Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9)
    • The employer and student must complete this before submitting the Student Employment form to Financial Aid. Students may not work until the the I-9 has been completed.
  • Student Employment Form
  • Federal Tax Form (W-4) (myW&M)
  • Virginia Tax Form (VA-4) (myW&M)
  • Direct Deposit (myW&M)

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.