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Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study is for undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need through the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at This federal student aid program is designed to allow students to earn money through part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Meaningful employment opportunities are available in community service and departments across the University.

Questions regarding the federal work-study program can be directed to

The Benefits of Federal Work-Study

  • Earn money to assist with education expenses.
  • Perform work in the community and at the University that is connected to a course of study.
  • Develops professional, transferable skills that improves marketability when applying for future internships and jobs after graduation.
  • Expands the student's network of contacts and acquire references for future job opportunities.

Community Service Opportunities

Community service is defined as services designed to improve the quality of life for community residents or to solve particular problems related to their needs. SNHU is proud to offer a variety of community service positions in partnership with the following nonprofit organizations:

On Campus Opportunities

Employment opportunities are available in departments across the University to compliment and enrich learning outcomes. For example, Sports Management majors can find positions in Athletics as Team Managers, or Hospitality Business majors can work as assistants for Conference and Events Services. SNHU offers a variety of opportunities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Technology Trainers in Computing Resources
  • Communication and Marketing Assistants in Sports Information
  • Diversity Agents in Cultural Diversity
  • Financial Literacy Assistants in Student Financial Services
  • Fitness Center Attendants, Group Exercise Instructors, Lifeguards and Personal Trainers in Recreational Athletics
  • AV/Technology Assistants
  • Event Staff and Field Operations in Athletics
  • Media Services Assistants in Audio Visual
  • Peer Educators in Tutoring Services in Online Program Academic Support
  • Procurement Assistants in Procurement and Contracts
  • Web Assistants in Web Services

Conditions of Employment and Limitations

All Federal Work-study (FWS) work, whether on campus or off campus, has certain conditions and limitations. FWS employment must be governed by those employment conditions, including the rate of pay, that are appropriate and reasonable according to the type of work performed, the geographic region, the employee's proficiency, and any applicable federal, state, or local law, including state or locally established minimum wage rates. However, if the state minimum wage is less than the federal minimum wage, then the federal minimum wage would be the rate of pay. As of July 1, 2016:

  • On campus employment shall be paid at an hourly rate no lower than $8.00 per hour. Individual departments have the discretion to pay up to an hourly rate of $8.50 per hour.
  • Off-campus employment with our community service partners shall be paid at $9.25 per hour.

A New Hampshire employer cannot require an employee to work more than five consecutive hours without granting a thirty-minute lunch or eating period. If the employer cannot allow thirty minutes, the employee must be paid if they are eating and working at the same time.

FWS employment does not displace employees (including those on strike) or impair existing service contracts. Replacement is interpreted as displacement.

Jobs are posted online at our Job listings page. An annual job fair is hosted on campus in September for students to meet with prospective employers. Students are not guaranteed employment and it is the student's responsibility to secure a position.

Rights and Responsibilities as a Federal Work-Study Employee

Students should know, learn, and understand their rights and responsibilities associated with being a Federal Work-study (FWS) employee.

FWS employees have the right to:

  • Information regarding your award amount, rate of pay, average number of hours per week, and general FWS procedures.
  • Instructions regarding procedures to be followed if you cannot report for a scheduled work period.
  • A clearly defined work schedule, which accommodates your course schedule and academic requirements.
  • Adequate training to perform assigned tasks.
  • A safe, clean, and professional working environment.
  • Supervision and direction from SNHU staff or our community service partners.
  • Instructions for recording hours worked, as well as information regarding the University's payroll procedures and payroll calendar.

FWS employees have the responsibility to:

  • Become familiar with information provided regarding the terms of your FWS award and the FWS program policies procedures.
  • Communicate with your supervisor regarding your schedule.
  • Notify your supervisor immediately if you are unable to attend work.
  • Understand your job expectations from your supervisor.
  • Notify Student Financial Services in the event of an inappropriate work environment.
  • Maintain professionalism and accuracy in all transactions with the public or campus community.