Pay Increases and Promotions

Longevity Increases

A student who maintains satisfactory job performance and returns to the same position, or a similar position with the same agency, is entitled to a longevity increase.

Period Worked Increase
Both semesters of the academic year $.30/hour
One semester of the academic year $.15/hour
Summer employment, full-time
(average of 26 or more hours a week)
Summer employment, part-time
(average of 25 or fewer hours a week)

To receive a longevity increase for the semester or academic year, the student must be employed by the appropriate date:

  • Academic Year or Fall Semester: third week of October
  • Spring Semester: third week of February
  • Summer: third week of June

Longevity increases are effective:

  • The week following Commencement for students working during the summer.
  • The first week of fall classes for students returning for the academic year.

Students accrue longevity increases for all periods of employment. When a student is promoted into a higher-grade position or receives an off-cycle pay increase, the accrued longevity increases must be added to the new hourly rate.

Off-Cycle Increases

If the student’s job duties do not change significantly, but you wish to give him or her a pay raise, send a brief memo to BU Work-Study giving the reason for the requested increase. Common reasons for pay raises include exceptional performance, increased responsibilities, or pay equity with other student employees and interns at the agency.

Memos may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed.


If the student’s job responsibilities increase substantially or a proposed pay raise exceeds the base pay rate of the next job grade, you should promote the student to a higher-grade position.

If your agency does not have a higher-grade position already established, contact Work-Study staff for assistance in creating one.