Policy on Student Work Hours for Employment at Boston University

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

 Effective September 1, 2016

Policy on Student Work Hours for Employment at Boston University

The Policy on Student Work Hours for Employment at Boston University applies to all student employees regardless of program, wage funding source, citizenship status or method of payment, who are employed by Boston University.  It does not apply to employment outside of Boston University.  International students must also adhere to all limitations and requirements relating to on-campus student employment required by their particular immigration status and obtain ISSO work authorization if required.

Faculty and staff cannot be paid as student employees.

 For all Boston University Students:

Students may not exceed a total of 1500 hours of University employment in a fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

A student on a leave of absence or in a non-credit certificate or exchange program cannot be paid as a student employee, but can be hired as a temporary employee/staff/faculty through Human Resources.

Students working more than one job should not exceed the hours for all jobs combined, as specified below.

 For Undergraduate Students and All Part-Time Students:

Boston University undergraduate students and all part-time students enrolled in a program should not work more than 20 hours per week while attending classes.

During official University break periods, such as intersession, spring break and summer, these students should not work more than 40 hours per week.

 For Full-Time Graduate Students:

Full-time graduate students should not work more than 20 hours per week during any academic period (fall semester, spring semester or either summer term) in which they are classified as full-time, either by registration or by certification. 

During official University break periods, such as intersession and spring break, or during any academic period in which these students are not classified as full-time, either by registration or certification, they should not work more than 40 hours per week.