Roger Williams University participates in these federal, state, and institutionally funded programs which provide employment opportunities on-and-off campus. Students are employed in many areas of the University and are encouraged to work in an area that will complement their chosen majors.
Federal Work-Study is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted annually to be considered for Federal Work-Study in the upcoming academic year. The FAFSA must be submitted before the RWU deadline in order to be eligible to receive work-study. Since Federal Work-Study funds are limited, it is important to file the FAFSA before listed deadlines.
Types of Work-Study Jobs
Students who are offered Federal Work-Study (FWS) as part of their financial aid package have three potential options to fulfill their work-study opportunity.
Financial Aid Work-Study Jobs
These are jobs around the campus that are open to eligible students at any point in their academic career. Students can work in a particular job for one semester or for all four years.
FIT (Financed Individualized Training) Work-Study Jobs
The FIT program, unique to RWU, is a three-year opportunity for rising sophomores at RWU. You’ll have the chance to build your resume with meaningful, hands-on experience right on campus – and be paid to do it! You’ll work with a faculty or staff mentor in a role related to your academic work, watching your role expand with your knowledge base and experience level. This is a real job with realistic work expectations.
Student Payroll Jobs: Non Work-Study
Students who are not offered Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid package, or is a non-financially aided student, may be employed as a Student Worker. These are on-campus employment opportunities. Hourly employment wages are paid entirely by a department on-campus through its regular budget.
Community Service Opportunities
Through the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, students may earn their work-study awards in the community at non-profit agencies. This is a great way to make a positive impact on the local community.
Before working for any community service work-study opportunity, all student MUST start at the Feinstein Center (inside the farm house across from the Lower Commons). Students must first schedule an appointment with KC Ferrara before going to a work site.
Apply and Interview
Contact information is provided for each job listing so students can learn more about posted positions, submit their application/resume directly to the department/potential supervisor, and set up interviews for any opportunities of interest. When reaching out to any campus office about a possible job, it is a chance for you to practice good networking and communication skills. Be sure to introduce yourself by name and as a Work-Study student, and write e-mails with a level of formality. If you do not receive a response, it may be appropriate to follow up to be sure that your original inquiry was received.
Work-Study students should bring their official documentation for employment and their class schedule to the interview. If you are offered a position, your employer can start the paperwork process. Please note that students can only be employed in one FWS position at a time.
In order to begin work, all the necessary forms should be completed in its entirety with the hiring supervisor or manager of the department you are applying to.
- A Form I-9 with an original copy of a US Passport OR two other forms of ID:
Birth certificate, Driver’s License, Social Security card, etc. Photographs cannot be accepted.
Supervisors MUST make copies and attach accepted documents.
This is only required for ALL new work-study students or for students who have not worked for RWU in the past 2 years.
- A Form W-4 claiming single or married with number of exemptions OR Exempt (the student cannot choose both).
This is only required for ALL new work-study students or students who are making a change to the current W-4 Form on file. Watch related video
- Direct Deposit form with verification of the student’s account number and routing number (void check, bank statement, bank web page, an authorization verification letter or account card from your bank). Watch related video
- Code of Conduct.
This must be completed at least once while employed for RWU.
- Work-Study Supervisor Responsibilities form.
This is required for ALL new supervisors.
Once completed, students CANNOT start working until the Office of Student Financial Aid has authorized the paperwork. Students may begin working AFTER the hiring supervisor receives an email notification from Payroll and are visible in ADP, RWU's electronic time-card system.
Beginning Work (Earnings and ADP)
- Once employed, you will receive a regular paycheck every two weeks according to the Student Payroll Calendar.
- Your pay will not automatically go toward your tuition or books.
- A student will earn a rate of $10.50 per hour, unless they are participating in the Center for Academic Development Tutoring Program. Students in a tutoring program earn $11.00 per hour.
- Students will be entered into the ADP system once the work-study packet has been processed by payroll. Each student will swipe in and out at their designated shift.
- The Supervisors will be able to electronically sign off on your time worked. Supervisors will sign off on the time in ADP by 10am on the appropriate Monday to meet the payroll deadline.
- Students participating in the FIT program, must work a minimum of 5 hours per week.
- Students may earn up to the amount of their approved FWS award, but must discontinue working in a FWS-funded job once the maximum allotment is reached.
- Once a student's award limit is reached, hours worked in excess of your award must be paid by your supervisor's department.
- Both the student and hiring supervisor will be notified via a letter/email if you are approaching your work-study limit.
- It is the responsibility of both the student and hiring supervisor to ensure that students do not exceed their work-study limit.
- No student may work more than 8 hours a day, including all University jobs.
- The maximum amount of hours a student may work while school is in session is 20 hours/per week including all University jobs.
- Working during your scheduled class time is prohibited.
- During a summer recess and winter intersession, up to 40 hours a week may be worked, including all University jobs.
- Students are prohibited from driving during work-study employment with the limited exception of authorized work-study driver positions.
Student Employment Video Series
Student and Supervisor Work-Study Forms
- Department Guide-Work Study Authorization (optional)
- I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (required)
- Student Employee Code of Conduct (required)
- Supervisor Responsibility Form (required)
- Supervisor Sample Job Description (optional)
- User Guide-Work Study Authorization (optional)
- W4 Federal Tax Form (required)
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