Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Student Employment Office (SEO) provide?
SEO is available to assist students with finding part-time employment on campus under student Employment and the Work-Study program. The SEO provides detailed guidelines to aid students in their search for a job by providing employment related services and information, processes the paperwork necessary to allow students to begin working, and mediates problems that arise during employment at the University.

Who is eligible for student employment?
All Our Lady of the Lake University undergraduate students and all International students currently enrolled for twelve credit hours, or graduates with minimally nine hours, who meet the requirements shown on the job vacancy listing for on-campus positions, are eligible for employment. The University offers hourly employment through the Work-Study and Student Employment programs. Students awarded a financial aid award are employed through the Work-Study program. Students who do not qualify for a work-study award, but are eligible to work on campus are hired through Student Employment.

What types of jobs are available?
The University offers a variety of hourly part-time jobs which require different degrees of skill or experience. Positions are based on availability and may include general office assistants, accounting clerks, Help Desk I-Computer Lab, teacher's aides, tutors, library aides, research assistants, and postal assistants.

If I reject my Work-Study award, may I obtain employment under Student Employment?
No. Students who reject their award for whatever reason, then decide to seek employment at a later date, must return to the Financial Aid Office to reinstate their Work-Study award.

If I am not enrolled in classes during the summer semester, can I still apply for employment during the summer?
Students do not need to be enrolled for summer classes to be eligible for summer employment through the Student Employment program. Students must have attended the previous Spring semester and not graduated and be pre-registered for the upcoming fall semester, or enrolled for summer classes, to be eligible for employment during the summer.

How many hours per week am I allowed to work?
Your award, department budget, the needs of the department, and the supervisor will determine the number of hours per week you will be able to work. Generally, students may work 12 to 15 hours per week.

What is the official work schedule?
You and your supervisor will set up a work schedule. Your schedule may be determined by the needs of the department, your class schedule and other commitments you may have. Providing the hours you are available and willing to work will be helpful to the supervisor at the time of your interview.

Can a student have two jobs?
Not if you are employed through Work-Study or Student Employment. These two programs are to give students an opportunity to work on campus. Students awarded Work-Study must be hired through Work-Study. Student Employment is for those students who do not qualify for Work-Study. Job descriptions, pay scales, and benefits are identical for both programs.

I am graduating this semester, can I continue to work under Student Employment or Work-Study after graduation?
Students are no longer eligible to work on campus under Student Employment or Work-Study as of the date they graduate or withdraw from the university unless they are a graduate student enrolled for nine or more semester hours.

Can an international student on a F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant visa work more than 20 hours a week?
Federal regulations governing F-1 and J-1 students limit them to work no more than 20 total hours per week while school is in session. This includes any work undertaken pursuant to a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship. On-campus employment may exceed 20 hours per week during summer and other vacation periods for eligible students who plan to register for the following semester. However, no student employee should ever work more than 20 hours per week without first obtaining approval from ISS and their supervisor. No graduate assistant should work more than 20 hours a week without requesting authorization from ISS and through their academic department and the Office of Graduate Studies.

Can a student work 15 hours one week and 25 the next since this would average 20 hours per week?
No. Federal regulations governing non-immigrant statuses are very clear on this point. The maximum amount of work allowed in one week is 20 hours, except during summer and other vacation periods for eligible students who plan to register for the following semester. Therefore, students should not average hours across several weeks.