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Policy: Work Study & Student Employment

The first phase of student hiring will be for students who have been awarded work study through the Federal Work Study Program. The Federal Work Study Program is administered by Student Financial Services. Student Financial Services will provide the Office of Human Resources with a listing of all eligible students. This listing will be updated as changes take place.

After students who have been awarded work study have been hired into available jobs, students who have not been awarded work study will have an opportunity to be hired into remaining available jobs.

Student Employment is limited to a maximum of 20 hours per week. Currently student wages (20 hours and under) are not subject to Federal, State or FICA taxes. If a student works over 20 hours in any week all earnings from that pay period are taxable. This may result in students working more and receiving less in their pay check.

Supervisors should use discretion in scheduling students. It is important to remember why our students are here. Academics must be a priority.

Students should work in only one office during a semester. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of Office of Human Resources. If a student is approved to work in more than one office, the wages in the second office would be subject to the incentive plan. This means that a student could be earning two different pay rates for work in two different offices.


All student workers will be paid at the rate of $8.25 per hour. Hourly rates will change in accordance with the Incentive Plan found below.

Incentive Plan:

For every completed semester worked in a specific department and with an overall total performance assessment rating of “MEETS or EXCEEDS”, students will receive a $ .25 increase to their rate. Students can receive a maximum of $8.50 per hour.

Example: A student is hired to work in the Office of Development for 10 hours a week for the Fall semester. The starting hourly wage for the student will be $5.15 per hour. At the beginning of the next semester (Spring) upon returning to Development, the student will receive an increase of $ .25 an hour.

The increase is dependent upon the student maintaining her regular schedule throughout the preceding semester. Supervisors and the Director of Human Resources may review the student’s hours and quality of work before approving the incentive pay increase. Students with an unsatisfactory performance assessment will not receive an increase. This schedule for rate increases would continue for every completed semester worked, as long as the student continued to work in the same department. The rate increase will not be applied to students who do not return to work to the same department the next semester. In which case, the returning student will go back to the starting hourly wage of $5.15. If a student leaves one department and is hired by a different office, the starting rate would be $5.15 per hour. If a student works in two different departments the hourly rate is calculated separately for each department.

For questions about Trinity policies, please contact the Academic Affairs, Human Resources, or President's Office as appropriate.



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