Frequently Asked Questions
No. Federal Work-Study is an opportunity for students to work in order to earn money to pay for college expenses, as well as to gain valuable employment experience. It is one component of an aid package that may be composed of loan, scholarship/grant, or work awards. A student may choose to decline the work offer. However, there is an expected contribution from work by students who apply for and receive financial aid.
No. Federal Work-Study is an opportunity to work. It is not a guarantee of on-campus employment. Boston College also provides off-campus employment opportunities with non-profit organizations, as well as with city, state, and federal government offices that contract with our University. Federal Work-Study offers a wide range of employment opportunities, including community service and America Reads participation.
No. Students receive payment, which is deposited directly to their checking or savings bank account after a Direct Deposit Enrollment Form has been completed by the student and delivered to the Human Resources Service Center (HRSC) at 129 Lake Street on the Brighton campus. A blank enrollment form is available on the HRSC's Forms and Documentation page, as well as on www.bc.edu/myservices "Agora Portal" page after the student's Hire form has been processed by the HRSC and the link appears on that page. For your convenience, a PDF with instructions on Direct Deposit is available.
Yes. It is a Boston College Policy that Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, and Non-BC Students may work no more than a total of 20 hours per week for Boston College during the academic year. This aggregate limit applies to all assistantships, stipends in compensation for services, and hourly positions. Students may work more than 20 hours per week (but less than 30 hours between semesters and during school breaks).
During the summer period a student may work more than 30 hours per week (to a maximum of 40 hours), but any period during which a student averages 30 or more hours per week may not exceed 12 weeks.
Student employees log their hours using Kronos. Detailed instructions on how to use Kronos can be found on the Kronos: Employee Instructions web page of the HR website.
BC students working off-campus through our Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Program need to submit paper Off-Campus Agency Student Time Sheets to the Office of Student Services for review and processing.