Student Employment

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.

Explore Work-Study Jobs

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.

Explore FIT Work-Study Jobs

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.

If you are interested in securing a work-study position in a community-service setting, please contact the Feinstein Center at, call 401-254-5670, or fill out an application.

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 Federal Work-Study Authorization paperwork, official documentation for employment, and their class schedule to the interview. If you are offered a position, your employer can start the paperwork process. Students can pick up a Federal Work-Study packet in the Office of Student Financial Aid. You should have your ID ready upon entering the office for a work-study packet. Please note that students can only be employed in one FWS position at a time.

Get Hired

In order to begin work, the Federal Work-Study packet should be completed in its entirety with the hiring supervisor or manager of the department you are applying to.

  • Work-Study Employment Authorization form.
  • 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). (This is only required if the student has 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).
  • 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).
  • Code of Conduct.
  • Work-Study Supervisor Responsibilities form.

Once completed, it is the student’s responsibility to return it back to the Office of Student Financial Aid for approval.

Beginning Work (Earnings and E-Time)

  • 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 $9.60 per hour, unless they are participating in the Center for Academic Development Tutoring Program, SECCM tutors, or are a Senior Learning Commons Assistant (SLCA). Students in the Tutoring programs, or SLCA earn $10.10 per hour
  • 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.
  • Students will be entered into the E-Time system once the work-study packet has been processed by payroll. Each student will swipe in and out at their designated shift.
  • 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.

During a summer recess and winter intersession, up to 40 hours a week may be worked, including all University jobs.

Student and Supervisor Work-Study Forms

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