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types of financial aid

Student Employment

There are two types of student employment opportunities available to students: Federal Work-Study and campus employment. Federal Work-Study is a federally subsidized employment program awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and federal eligibility. It provides you with job opportunities to help defray higher-education expenses. These opportunities may be on or off campus, including community service positions.

The amount indicated in your financial aid award is the maximum eligibility level, not a guarantee. Actual earnings depend on the hours worked and the pay rate of the position as determined by Boston College. Awards are based on students working approximately 8–10 hours per week. This amount is never deducted from your bill and must be earned. You are paid weekly for the hours you worked.

If you do not qualify for Federal Work-Study or did not apply for financial aid, you can work under the campus employment program. Campus employment is a separate option allowing students to hold part-time jobs on campus to help meet tuition/living expenses.

No matter which employment program you are in, you may not work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. During the semester break, spring break, and the summer, you may work up to 40 hours per week if the job and funding permit. Federal Work-Study recipients receive first consideration for available on-campus positions. A Federal Work-Study award does not guarantee students an on-campus position.

For information about available jobs, visit All on- and off-campus job opportunities for the academic year are posted on the web by Labor Day weekend. In addition, Boston College has partnered with, which makes off-campus job listings available to enrolled Boston College students.

Summer Work-Study

Summer student employment begins the end of May and runs through the beginning of September each year (exact dates vary). A student interested in Summer Work-Study should complete the Summer Work Study Application.