Student Employment

Basic Eligibility and Student Employment Policies

  • Students awarded Federal Work Study are given priority in hiring. After a specific time period, all students are welcomed to apply for any job.
  • To find out if Federal Work Study is part of your aid package, either refer to your financial aid award letter or log on to PRISM to view your financial aid awards.
  • A work award is not necessarily a guarantee of work earnings.
  • Work award amounts are determined based on demonstrated financial need and will vary.
  • The hours per week needed to earn the full award amount will depend on the pay rate of the particular job. Students are not to exceed 20 hours of work per week
  • Students are responsible for securing their own campus jobs.
  • Students participating in the DACA program are eligible for non-Federal Work Study positions if they have secured word authorization
  • The most popular student job openings are usually filled first. Students should begin their campus job search early, beginning around August 1 and not wait until they arrive on campus to start their job search.
  • Students must submit time cards according to the Pay Schedule to ensure timely payment.

Finding a Job

To begin working on campus, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Search Job Listings for employment opportunities.
  • Contact the supervisor to inquire about the job and the hiring process for positions in which you are interested.
  • Once hired, complete all Student Employment Payroll Documents found here.

Note: The I-9 and W-4 Forms are required for new employees only and must be accompanied by original documents. Photocopies will not be accepted. If you have a previous Deposit Agreement on file, it remains valid unless you want to change how your pay is applied.

Resident Advisor Positions

Resident Advisors are selected by the Residence Life Office through an application and interview process. Any upper-class student may apply. Resident Advisors receive a room remission and a monthly stipend for their services.

Federal Work-Study – Community Service

Saint Mary's College participates in the Federal Work-Study Community Service program by placing students in outside agencies similar to those described below. Through this program, you receive pay to perform service in the community. Students who qualify for need-based work are eligible to apply for these positions.

  • College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) Program: Math/reading tutors are needed for various ages and skill levels at designated community organizations (transportation provided). Tutors will identify skills needed for specific children in the areas of English, Reading and Mathematics, and work with the children individually toward improvement in the area(s) of concern.
  • St. Margaret's House: students assist in the teaching of basic computer skills to the women and children who visit this local day-center. Also needed is general assistance for the day-to-day operation of the day shelter.

Interested students with need-based work awards should complete the application available in the Office of Civic and Social Engagement, 220 Student Center.

Per Federal regulations, students who do not have need-based work awards cannot be employed through the Federal Work-Study Community Service program.

Payroll Documents

Students must complete certain documents to work on-campus at Saint Mary's College. The complete list of required forms can be found here.

  • Complete and return ALL payroll documents to the Payroll Office (150 Le Mans Hall).
  • New employees completing the I-9 form for the first time are required to produce original documents (not photocopies) for identification at the time of submission. See page 10 of the Student Employment Payroll Documents PDF for a complete listing of acceptable documentation.
  • If these documents are not turned in or are incomplete three days after your start date, the Payroll Office will not be able to process your time card; thus, you would not be paid.

For specific questions regarding these forms or process, please contact the Payroll Office at 574-284-4733. For questions regarding Saint Mary's Student Employment Program, please email