Parents & Guardians of Northeastern Students

Welcome to the Office of Student Employment, Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships.

What You Need to Know

Pre-Hire Paperwork

Once your student receives a job offer, they must complete the Form I-9 with our office.

Your student will be required to provide supporting documentation to an authorized Student Employment representative. Unfortunately, parents/guardians cannot present these documents on behalf of a student.

If your student plans to work, please allow them to bring original supporting documents with them. Copies, scans, or duplicates of any kind cannot be accepted.

Payments & Taxes

Students are paid directly for the work they perform; their earnings are not applied to their student account.

Students are required to set up direct deposit to receive their earnings. Students are paid on a bi-weekly basis.

Students are encouraged to complete the Form W-4. The university will provide students with a Form W-2.


We want students to prioritize their academics; therefore, students may not work more than 20 hours/week while classes are in session.

Specific schedules are determined by the student and their supervisor.

Certain positions may require a minimum number of hours per week, and students typically work 10-15 hours/week.


Federal Work-Study is a need-based federally subsidized program that provides part-time employment to undergraduate, graduate, and law school students on or near campus. Due to limited funding, students must submit their financial aid application materials by the priority filing deadline to be considered for a work-study award. Students who are awarded Federal Work-Study will be notified in their financial aid award letter. The amount indicated on the award letter reflects the maximum the student may earn for that particular semester. Once a student has earned their allotted award, they must stop working immediately.

If your student has been awarded Federal Work-Study, they are not required to work, but they will not earn their award if they do not work. If your student is interested in pursuing employment opportunities, they are responsible for conducting the job search. As available positions are limited, we cannot guarantee that each student will secure a position.

In order to determine the number of hours they may work for the semester, students should divide their Federal Work-Study amount by their hourly pay rate, and then by the number of weeks in the semester or the number of weeks during the semester that they wish to work.

Part-Time/Non-Work-Study Employment

Students who have not received Federal Work-Study funding still have the opportunity to seek employment opportunities both on and off campus.

For positions on campus, students must apply specifically for positions which do not require work-study. Any student that applies for a Federal Work-Study position that was not awarded Federal Work-Study will not be considered for that position.

Students can search for jobs by going to Workday and searching “Jobs and Career Hub” then selecting “Student Employment”. They can search for part-time on and off campus jobs using any number of search criteria, apply for available positions, and review history of job positions and hiring to get a better understanding of the university’s student employment needs. You can find a more detailed guide for their job search in our Workday resources.