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Student Employment

William James College offers part-time student employment opportunities in many academic and administrative departments, including library services, institutional research, The Brenner Center, career services, field education and alumni relations. The average work schedule can range from 5-15 hours per week. The hourly wage is $12 per hour.

Teaching Assistantships (Graduate Students Only)

Teaching Assistantships* are also available in certain programs for students that have completed at least one academic year of study at William James College or have completed equivalent coursework from another school. Teaching Assistants work for a member of the faculty and may assist the faculty member in areas such as class discussions, lab exercises, individual tutoring and critique of student research papers. The duration of these positions is one semester. Compensation ranges from $1,000 to $1,500 per assignment. There are also opportunities for compensated field placement position. These positions are competitive and the average compensation ranges from $1,000-$3,000 per academic year.

* Students must have completed the course before they are eligible for a teaching assistantship.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

Certain hourly positions are funded, in part, by the US Department of Education Federal Work Study Program. For these positions, students must meet a federally determined definition of financial need. Your financial aid award letter will indicate whether you are initially eligible to earn federal work study wages. Federal work study wages are considered a part of your total financial aid package and can influence the amount of funding you may receive from other sources, such as student loans. The average compensation per academic year is approximately $1,500 to $4,000.

Employment opportunities are announced to the student body by e-mail as they become available. Applicants will be directed to CareerLink to view job descriptions and to submit an application.

General Information on FWS
  • Federal work-study is a need-based federal fund.
  • We award work-study to those who indicated they were interested in work-study on their FAFSA, whenever possible.
  • Most positions pay $12/hour, although there are some exceptions to this rate.
  • Most positions are about 8-10 hours/week although this fluctuates depending on the needs of the department/supervisor.
  • This is considered to be like most other part-time position, where you get paid every other week and submit timesheets which need to be signed by your supervisor.
How to find out about positions and how to apply
  • If you’re awarded work-study, you have to apply and be offered a position – a position is not guaranteed even if you’re awarded work-study as part of your financial aid.
  • As positions become available, the Financial Aid Office sends out an email notification to the Student Body; moving forward, they will also be posted on CareerLink which students will have access to.
  • The application form can be found here.  Some positions may also require or encourage you to submit a resume, as well and all application materials can be sent to Hilary_Baxter@williamjames.edu so she can check your eligibility.
  • If hired, you’ll fill out payroll forms with Hilary.
How work-study impacts your budget and financial aid
  • If you don't end up working (can't secure a position or realize it just doesn't fit into your schedule) it doesn't count against you; you also can't just have the FWS award get credited to your account to pay your bill—the funds must be earned.
  • You have a Cost of Attendance (COA) which consists of tuition and fees, books, a living expenses allowance, etc.  You cannot exceed this COA with any combination of loans, scholarships, work-study, etc. so by adding work-study, you would offset your loan eligibility.
  • By having work-study in your budget, your PLUS loan eligibility decreases by the work-study award amount, but you'd be earning the money instead of borrowing it so it's a good thing.

Example for Graduate Students

  Student with work-study Student without work-study
Cost of Attendance (COA) $50,000 $50,000
Stafford Loan Amount -$20,500 -$20,500
Work-study -$4,200  
Grad PLUS maximum amount $25,300 $29,500

For questions about student employment at William James College, please call Hilary Baxter at 617-327-6777 x1524.

Federal Work-Study Application Form (.docx)

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