Restrictions on Student Work Hours
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.