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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of jobs are available for my student to work while at Hofstra University?
Undergraduate/Graduate student hourly and Federal Work-Study student hourly positions are on-campus opportunities available to students. In order to be eligible for an on campus student employment position, the student must be enrolled in at least half time credit hours at Hofstra University. This is 6 credit hours for undergraduate and 4.5 credit hours for a graduate.  Federal Work-Study student hourly positions are available to any student that has been awarded a work-study award through the financial aid process. Also, the Office of Student Employment posts Federal Work Study off-campus work opportunities on our website. Students interested in off-campus employment should view these opportunities.  Other off campus employment may be found through the Career Center.
What is Federal Work-Study?
The Federal Work-Study Program provide jobs for undergraduate and graduate students based upon financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. In order to find out if your student qualifies for the work-study program, please have them contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Can my student work as an Undergraduate/Graduate student hourly employee?
Yes, the student can apply Undergraduate/Graduate student hourly positions as long as he/she is enrolled in at least half time credit hours during the fall and spring semesters at Hofstra University.
How can my student apply for positions at Hofstra University?
Students can apply online at Current Jobs to be considered for on-campus employment opportunities.  They can also inquire directly with the various departments on campus.
Will my student be assigned a job at Hofstra University?
No, students interested in employment must apply for any position they are interested in.
Does my student need a resume?
In some cases, yes, students must submit a resume along with their application for any position they are interested in. It is never too early to start preparing a resume. The Career Center provides assistance with resumes and cover letters.
Can students have direct deposit?
Yes, students may have direct deposit.  If not, they will be required to pick up their paycheck at the Payroll Office.
How many hours can my student work?
Students typically work 10 to 20 hours per week. Students cannot exceed 25 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. Students may work up to 30 hours during breaks and the summer semester.
What are the chances that my student will get a job on-campus?
It varies with the student’s skills and job experiences. The employment process is very competitive. Students should find ways to highlight their experience and differentiate themselves from other student applicants.
What is the parent’s role in the student hiring process?
We encourage parents to support the efforts of your student and encourage him/her to be persistent and focused in his/her job search. Parents should remind students that this process is very similar to the process used by companies to hire full-time employees. Parents should encourage students to accept ownership of their job search and find ways to differentiate themselves from other applicants.