Restrictions on Student Work Hours

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Student workers may not work during their scheduled class times, and Massachusetts state law requires that a break of at least 30 minutes be taken after six consecutive hours of work.

In addition, student workers are limited in the number of hours they may work each week:

While Classes are in Session Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer
Work-Study Students Not more than 20 hrs/week on Work-Study 1 Not more than 40 hrs/week on Work-Study 2
Law Students Not more than 20 hrs/week Not more than 40 hrs/week
International Students Not more than 20 hrs/week 1, 3
Not more than 40 hrs/week (recommended)
Departmentally-Paid Student Employees Not more than 20 hrs/week (recommended) 1, 4 Not more than 40 hrs/week (recommended)

1 We recommended strongly that freshmen not work more than 12 hours a week.

2 Work-Study funding will not pay for overtime. Work-Study students working beyond 40 hours in a week must be paid from departmental or organizational funds.

3 International students with more than one job may not work more than 20 hours per week on all jobs combined.

4 Student employees should not work 40 hours per week on a regular basis. Individuals regularly working 40 hours per week are subject to FICA withholdings and should be hired on a staff payroll level.

Note: For students with more than one Work-Study job, the combined total hours worked must not exceed the allowed maximum.