Student Employment

Students may be eligible for jobs through Manhattan College.

There are two types of student employment funding — federal work study (FWS) and campus employment (CE).

  1. Federal Work Study: FWS is first and foremost a federal financial aid program. Community service jobs are ONLY available to FWS eligible students per U.S. Department of Education guidelines.
  2. Campus Employment: Manhattan College matches federal funds in the form of our CE portion. It is because of this federal funding that our student employment program is possible. Also, federal guidelines stipulate many rules and regulations. Students, department heads/supervisors, the Controller's Office and the Financial Aid Administration Office work together to ensure that the College is always in compliance.

Please note: Submitting a FAFSA is required for all students seeking student employment.

  • Eligibility

    Eligibility Requirements for all Students 

    • Enrolled for at least 12 credits for the term they wish to be employed (others enrolled for at least 6 credits can meet with Financial Aid Administration to discuss eligibility).
    • Meet the College’s standards for satisfactory academic progress (a cumulative GPA of a 2.0).
    • No history of loan default during or following attendance at any institution.
    • Satisfactory performance in previous employment positions.
    • One’s FAFSA is not selected for verification, or the verification review has been completed by a Financial Aid Administration counselor.

    Eligible-to-Hire Limitations

    In rare cases, a student may appear to meet all of the above requirements and present all required documentation, but will still be ineligible for an office to hire as a FWS and/or CE employee. The most common applications of this policy include:

    • Students who are hired to work in one department and seek a second, simultaneous FWS or CE position within a given academic year. Students may only work in one FWS or CE position at a time; the only exceptions include those employed as tutors or lab assistants due to the limited hours one works in such positions, as well as specialization required in each role.
    • To avoid a professional conflict of interest, students who are immediate relatives (including parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, grandparents, step-grandparents, spouse, children, step-children, siblings, stepsiblings, grandchildren and step-grandchildren) to an employee working within the same office or department.
    • Students whose eligibility for employment has been rescinded or advised against due to reasons including, but not limited to: unresolved or pending disciplinary sanctions, failure to meet the confidentiality agreement in previously held FWS and/or CE positions, and administrative concerns with academic progress.

    Notice of Eligibility

    First-time students demonstrating financial need:

    A FWS offer is included on their financial aid award letters. Separate notice and instructions will be sent to first-time students who are deemed ineligible for FWS but eligible for CE.

    Continuing students with prior student employment participation:

    Will be offered a work study budget (FWS or CE) on their online financial aid award. The dollar amount of FWS or CE shown on a student's award letter represents the total gross amount of money they can earn under the program for the period of your award (July 1 through June 30).

    Not Offered Student Employment?

    Please contact us if FWS or CE is not offered on your financial aid package and you filed the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Administration office will review your eligibility.

    Students who are not eligible for FWS may be eligible for CE. An initial review for FWS eligibility is mandatory. Students who are CE-eligible must still complete all the mandatory paperwork and comply with the same guidelines and regulations for FWS. Contact us if you would like to be reviewed for student employment eligibility.

    Increases in Eligibility

    Most awards represent an initial allotment for a reasonable expectation of earnings. For some students, awards can be increased depending on (a) their individual calculation of financial need along with other aid used to cover educational expenses and (b) overall availability of college funding for student employment.

    As a student approaches their earnings limit, they should consult their department supervisor and a financial aid counselor to see if their eligibility can be increased so the student can work more hours to meet their educational expenses. 

    A student may work up to 20 hours a week during periods when classes are in session and up to 35 hours a week during other periods.

    Loss of Eligibility

    At any time of the year, Financial Aid Administration may be obligated to withdraw or alter a FWS offer if it is determined that the student is no longer eligible. If that happens, Financial Aid Administration will notify the student and supervisor that the student must stop working as a FWS employee. It is possible to award CE funding if there is availability but there is no guarantee that a student can continue working in the same department.

    The most common reasons for loss of eligibility are:

    • A student earns their allotment too quickly.
    • A student changes their enrollment.
    • Withdrawal from school.
    • A student fails to make satisfactory academic progress.
    • When there is an individual change in financial need.

    Students must report any additional resources/scholarships received to cover educational expenses. Failure to do so can result in work study ineligibility and a change in financial aid packaging, as regular reviews are conducted by the Financial Aid Administration office. Outside resources may include scholarships, grants, or loans not previously awarded or those not processed by Manhattan College.

  • Getting Hired

    Searching for a Position

    Only students who have submitted all documentation and are listed on the supervisors’ online referral list are authorized to begin the job search process. Students must wait until they receive an annual email with instructions before starting this process. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the job search process, contact prospective employers, and secure a position. See job listings below.

    Community Service Positions

    Community service positions under federal work study are off-campus job offers that offer FWS students the opportunity to work for community not-for-profit agencies and organizations. Students thinking about service careers can gain direct experience in such fields such as tutoring, recreation, education, social services, counseling, etc. All student employment regulations apply to off-campus positions. Job postings are also listed online.

    Hiring Process

    Only students who have completed all necessary paperwork and applications and listed on the online Self-Service system are eligible to search for a job and be hired. Students should prepare for meeting with a potential employer. The interview process can be different for each department. Some supervisors may require a resume and/or an interview. Others may require a short statement of interest while others will prefer to speak with you in person.

    Interviews for student employment positions are usually informal but you still want to be prepared and make a good impression. For tips and some practice, visit the Center of Career Development. They can assist you in the entire process.

    For Supervisors

    Once a student is hired, the supervisor will access Self-Service for the referral of student employment system and process an authorization to hire. The transaction will be forwarded automatically to the Financial Aid Administration and Controller’s offices for payroll activation. Students who do not appear on the list do not qualify for hire at this time. Please advise the student to contact the Financial Aid Administration Office to determine which items are needed.

  • Getting Paid

    Hourly Pay Rate

    As of May 15, 2017: Can Vary By Department

    Time Sheets / Payroll Process 

    Students and supervisors share many responsibilities in the area of payroll. Only the names of approved students from the online referral system will be forwarded to the Controller’s Office for payroll processing. Students are responsible for initiating and completing all eligibility requirements and for completing a time sheet.

    Supervisors are responsible for authorizing the online hire referrals and for personally forwarding timesheets to the bookkeeper in the Controller’s Office. They are also responsible for making sure a student does not work during their scheduled class hours.

    Recording and Maintaining Timesheets

    Students and supervisors are required to maintain a timesheet to be submitted on a monthly basis. Both parties should keep careful track of time, noting that by law, student workers are only paid for time worked.
    Time should be recorded each work day and placed on the timesheet under the supervisor’s verification. Time should be totaled for each day and partial hours may be allowed in intervals of 15 minutes. Reported partial hours should therefore read to the nearest quarter hour (e.g. 3.25 hours is three hours and 15 minutes, 4.50 is four hours and 30 minutes, etc.).

    Hour Limits 

    A student may work no more than 20 hours while school is in session and no more than 29 hours per week when school is not in session. A student may also not exceed 999 hours of work in a calendar year.

    There are no other benefits the student is entitled to as a student employee. Therefore, overtime is not an option. Students should only be paid for time worked under the standard hour limit.

    Break Periods 

    • Student employees who work a shift of at least 4 consecutive hours are permitted one, 15-minute paid rest period during that shift. Rest periods are not to be taken at the start or end of a shift and rest periods are not cumulative.
    • Student employees who work a shift of at least 6 consecutive hours are permitted one 30-minute unpaid meal period and one 15-minute paid rest period during that shift.
    • Student employees who are working a full shift of 8 consecutive hours (never to exceed this) are permitted no less than two 15-minute paid rest periods and one 30-minute unpaid meal period during that shift.

    Absences 

    Student employees will notify their supervisor in advance of any circumstance that will keep them from regularly scheduled work hours. The College and its supervisors realize the importance of academic study and classroom commitments and are usually quite flexible with scheduling work hours. Time required for these important classroom duties should be taken into consideration when a student and supervisor are developing a work schedule. In case of illness, the student should be provided with a contact method for notifying the supervisor as soon as possible. Excessive tardiness or absences are grounds for termination.

    Submitting Timesheets

    Under federal guidelines, supervisors must hand-deliver time sheets to the bookkeeper on a monthly basis per the Student Payroll Schedule. This schedule is made available to students and supervisors and it will also be posted in the Controller’s Office and the Financial Aid Administration Office. The schedule lists the deadline for timesheets to be handed in and the date payroll checks will be available. Deadlines are strictly adhered to.

    Supervisors hold a major responsibility in verifying the timesheets, submitting the completed time sheets in person and ensuring that a timesheet is submitted. Timesheets not signed by the student cannot be submitted. Timesheets must be filled out in ink and all fields of the time sheets (including program type, dates and department account number) completed. Supervisors are asked to use the recent summary report as a cover sheet to list the total hours of the upcoming payroll.

    Picking up Paychecks

    Students can pick up their paycheck in the Controller's Office, located in Miguel Hall Room 106.

    Student payroll is processed monthly. Students can arrange for direct deposit of their earnings via the Controller’s Office in person. Students will be asked to provide a photo ID and sign for their paycheck each payroll period. There is no opportunity for advances or for checks to be cut early under any circumstances, so students must be diligent in their personal budgeting.

    Student Payroll Summary Reports

    The bookkeeper provides all department supervisors with a monthly student payroll summary report after each pay period. Supervisors should review this report with students so together you can properly forecast their remaining earnings and hours. The summary reports contain a great deal of vital information and should be used in budgeting and planning for student employment.

  • Ending Employment

    Supervisors must submit a termination form for any student who ceases employment in the department for any reason, or if a student wishes to switch jobs mid-year.

    Calendar Year Limits

    • If a student maintains one position for the duration of his/her budget, the referral form will be active from July 1 to June 30.
    • After June 30, even if a student is continuing the same job, a new referral must be filed for July 1.
    • All active employees are considered terminated on June 30th of each year because of federal regulations and fiscal purposes.
    • Students who wish to work over the summer must reapply for student employment using the next academic year’s FAFSA and eligibility terms.

    Termination

    Student employment positions are considered “at-will” employment. Students can be terminated for:

    • poor performance
    • violation of student employment regulations
    • graduation or academic dismissal/probation
    • budgetary reason

    If a supervisor is not satisfied with your performance, he or she is encouraged to discuss those issues with the student and specify a period of time in which you are expected to improve. Again, this is not mandatory but good practice. Supervisors should reach out to the Financial Aid Administration contact for assistance with these matters.

    Resignations

    Most supervisors hope that a student will remain on the job throughout the academic year or until the depletion of the student budget. Students must always cease their employment properly with a department supervisor. Not doing so may inhibit a student from future hire elsewhere or damage the relationship between the student employment program and department, even risking Manhattan College's relationship with off-campus community service sites.

    Impacting Factors

    • class schedule
    • academic load
    • personal matters

    Students should discuss any issues with the supervisor and try to give two weeks’ notice. If there are any problems between a student and supervisor, they should mutually try to work on a resolution. Additional assistance is available by contacting the Financial Aid Administration contact.

  • Program Contacts

    The Financial Aid Administration Office and the Controller’s Office administer the student employment program. Many questions and issues that are commonly raised are addressed in this manual. However, there may always be a need for specific guidance. Knowing the key players will be important in administrating a smooth student employment experience.

    Questions about eligibility and paperwork:

    The main administrative contact for student employment in the Office of Financial Aid Administration is:

    Mercy Alonso
    Associate Director of Financial Aid Administration
    Phone: 718-862-7198
    Fax: 718-862-8027
    Email: mercy.alonso@manhattan.edu

    Questions on topics such as social security regulations and rules of exemption, FICA taxes, payroll, and direct deposit:

    The main student employment contact in the Controller’s Office is:

    Joanne Gans
    Bookkeeper
    Phone: 718-862-7403
    Fax: 718-862-8029
    Email: joanne.gans@manhattan.edu

    The grants accountant, under the supervision of the payroll manager, processes the payroll and maintains the payroll master control. The Controller’s Office is able to handle questions on topics such as social security regulations and rules of exemption, FICA taxes and direct deposit. Timesheets will be physically delivered to the bookkeeper and payroll checks are available for pickup in Miguel Hall, Room 106.

Student Job Listings

The following jobs are available for eligible students. You MUST have authorization from the Office of Financial Aid Administration before applying to any job.

Federal Work-Study Jobs

The following job listings are for positions that require the student to have a federal work-study award.

Campus Employment

The following job listings are for positions that require the student to have a campus employment award.