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Student Frequently Asked Questions


    Note:  For more information on Federal Work-Study (FWS) or Institutional Employment (IE), please visit the following links:


Where can I find part-time jobs?

The Student Employment website is a great place to start! Here, you will find resources for on-campus jobs, off-campus jobs, and links to employment through Aramark (JMU Dining Services) and e-Follett (the JMU Bookstore).

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What are Federal Work-Study positions?

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships may award federal work-study (FWS) to eligible students as determined by results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to establishing financial need through the FAFSA, eligible students must be degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students enrolled on at least a half time basis (6 credit for undergraduates and 5 credits for graduates) who are maintaining good academic standing. Students usually work 10 hours per week while taking classes during the academic year.

Eligible students will see FWS on their financial aid award, which is posted on their ecampus account.

Click here to see a list of FWS frequently asked questions.

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How do I know if I am eligible for Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) eligibility is based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who are eligible will be awarded FWS as part of their financial aid package. Students can view their financial aid on their MyMadison account by clicking on “View My Financial Aid” under the “Finance” section of the Student Center. Click on the current year to see your financial aid package.

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Can I be offered Federal Work-Study if I was not initially packaged with it?

Yes- but only if you are eligible for a Subsidized Direct Loan. If you wish to reduce your Subsidized Direct Loan, we will be able to award you federal work-study (FWS). If you have any questions about you eligibility or if you would like us to reduce your loan so we can include FWS, then please email studentjobs@jmu.edu from your JMU email account.

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What are Institutional Employment positions?

Institutional Employment (IE) positions are part-time on-campus positions that are available to degree seeking students regardless of financial aid. There are over 300 departments around campus that hire students.

Please note that Dining Services positions and Bookstore positions are not considered IE. Dining services employment is through Aramark and bookstore employment is through eFollett.

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What is the difference between Federal Work-Study and Institutional Employment?

On the surface, federal work-study (FWS) and institutional employment (IE) positions look very similar. FWS positions are only for students who qualify based on financial aid. A FWS student will have a maximum about of money that they can earn during the academic year. Once the student earns this amount, they will need to discontinue working in their position or check with their hiring department about the possibility to switch their employment to IE (institutional employment) status. The FWS wages can be deducted from the student’s reported total income by entering their FWS earnings in Worksheet C of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This way the earnings will not be included in the calculation of their expected family contribution (EFC).

Both IE and FWS positions:

  • Pay similar, taxable wages
  • Have similar job titles and job duties
  • Are posted on joblink.jmu.edu
  • Cannot exceed 20 hours in one week
  • Require the student to be degree seeking and enrolled in 6 undergraduate or 5 graduate credits
  • Pay students twice a month through direct deposit
Click here for a comparison chart.
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Where are on-campus jobs posted?

On-Campus jobs are posted on JMU Joblink.

Click here for instructions on how to create an account with JobLink and apply for positions.

Please be sure that your application is accurate before applying for a job. Once you apply, you will not be able to make changes to your application.

If you forget your username or password, please email studentjobs@jmu.edu and we can reset it for you.

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Where are off-campus jobs posted?

The Student Work Experience Center posts off-campus, part time job opportunities on the Student Employment website.

Many commercial businesses do not post on our website, so be sure to inquire within if you are interested in a particular company.

Here is a list of helpful websites that may assist you with finding a part-time job: www.jmu.edu/stuemploy/links.shtml

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How can I get a job at UREC?

All UREC positions are posted on JobLink. UREC typically posts positions in February for the upcoming summer and Fall semesters. Please check JobLink for job postings or contact the University Recreation Center to inquire about positions.   

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I’m a lifeguard, where can I find lifeguard positions?

There are several on-campus opportunities and off-campus opportunities for lifeguards. UREC and occasionally GKIN classes hire lifeguards. Both of these opportunities are posted on JobLink. If there you do not see any postings on JobLink, you can inquire directly with the department to determine when they will be recruiting for the position.

Massanutten Resort is another great place to find lifeguard positions. Click here for more information about lifeguarding at Massanutten.

You can also inquire with area fitness centers and gym facilities. (Gold’s Gym, Harrisonburg Fitness, RMH Wellness Center, etc)

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What is the maximum number of hours student employees can work in an on-campus job?

There is a maximum limit of 20 hours that a student employee can work in one week. In order for students to be eligible for FICA tax exemptions, students cannot work more than 20 hours a week. Please refer to the Payroll’s Student Employment FICA Exemption Policy.

If you are working in a Federal Work-Study (FWS) position, then you will not be able to earn more than what you were awarded on your Financial Aid package. This could impact the number of hours you are able to work. On average, FWS positions are 10 hours a week.

During school breaks (summer and winter), students may work up to 40 hours a week. Students do not need to be enrolled in any credits during the break, but they must have intent to re-enroll after the break.

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How much do on-campus positions pay?

On-campus positions start at minimum wage, $7.25/hour, and can go up to $14.00 depending on the nature of the job. On average, students will make $8.00 an hour.

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How much do off-campus positions pay?

Off-campus jobs have a much broader range of wages. On average, students make $7.25 to $14.00 an hour. Off-campus jobs typically offer higher wages, but do not have the flexible schedules like on-campus jobs.

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Will work affect my class schedule and study time?

It depends on your job. On-campus positions are very flexible to fit with your class schedule. Most supervisors are also very understanding when you have a heavy exam or an assignment-filled week. Of course it helps to give them as much notice in advance as possible.

Some off-campus jobs are equally as flexible, but students tend to encounter more problems with these positions.

In a study conducted in 2006, the Student Work Experience Center learned that the academic performance of 91% of working JMU students improved or remained the same when they worked 10-15 hours. Part-time jobs help teach students important skills that will be carried on through their careers, such as time management, responsibility, professionalism, communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

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JobLink

I forgot my password/usename.

Please email studentjobs@jmu.edu with your full name and we will be able to reset your password and send your username to you.

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What is the “Other Document #1” on the JobLink posting?

If you are applying for a Federal Work-Study position, you will need to attach a copy of your Financial Aid Award as the “Other Document #1”. You can copy your financial aid award by going to your MyMadison account and clicking on View My Financial Aid under “Finances”. Click on the current aid year. Copy and paste this into a word document.

If it is a not a Federal Work-Study position, then reread the job posting. It should have directions that specify what to submit as “Other Document #1”. Examples include: class schedule, writing samples, art samples, etc.

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Can I change my application after I apply for a position?

No, changes cannot be made to your application after you submit it, so please be sure to double-check it before you apply for a job.

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Why aren’t bookstore jobs or dining jobs posted on JMU JobLink?

The Bookstore and Dining Services are considered to be affiliates of the university and therefore they are not classified as “on-campus” jobs. Bookstore employment is through Follett Higher Education Group and Dining Services Employment is through Aramark.

Click here for more information about the Bookstore employment.

Click here for more information about Dining Service employment.

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