On-campus supervisors may hire student employees who do not have Work-Study awards. These students are paid entirely by the hiring department.

The Student Job Service is open to any student at the University who meets eligibility criteria.

Part-time Jobs

Part-time long-term positions and full-time summer jobs are listed with the Job Service. Most Job Service listings are submitted by off-campus employers and private individuals, but on-campus supervisors are invited to post their departmental positions as well.

Boston University students can view Part-time Listings through the Student Link. Only BU students have access to the Part-time Job listings.

The Quick Job Service

The Quick Job Service provides opportunities for students to earn quick money by listing one-time or short-term jobs lasting from an hour to a month. Quick Jobs vary from babysitting and party help to computer programming and home services, and include unique jobs such as market research and focus groups.

Only Boston University students who register with the Quick Job Service may be referred to Quick Jobs. Quick Jobs can be viewed through the Student Link, but students are required to show a BU ID at the Quick Jobs Counter before receiving employer contact information.

Students may be given access to view Quick Job referrals through the Student Link if they meet the following criteria. To receive this privilege, students must:

  • be placed into five jobs during a semester
  • diligently report back on their Quick Job referrals
  • be in good standing with the Quick Job Service and its employers

Work-Study is a federally-funded financial aid program administered by Boston University. It is designed to provide access to employment, helping students meet educational expenses. Participants also gain valuable work experience while helping the University and nonprofit organizations meet their staffing needs.

The program is not intended to provide students with opportunities to study while at work.

Boston University departments that hire Work-Study students incur a charge of 30% of those students’ earnings. The Federal Work-Study Program funds the remaining 70%.

Program dates are:

Program Starts Ends
Academic Year First week of fall classes Commencement Day
Summer Day after Commencement Sunday before the first week of fall classes

Work-Study Awards

Work-Study is awarded to eligible students as part of their financial aid packages. Work-Study awards are distributed for each program (academic year and summer) and are not transferable.

Students apply for academic-year Work-Study by indicating their interest in working on the FAFSA form. BU Financial Assistance selects as many participants as funding allows, based on students’ financial need.

Students must submit a Summer 18 Undergrad WS Application to the Work-Study Office in order to request a Summer Work-Study award.

All undergraduate Work-Study students are paid hourly, while graduate students may be paid either hourly or monthly, depending on the job. A student’s gross earnings are automatically subtracted from his or her Work-Study Award Amount, until either the Maximum Earnings Level is reached, or the program ends.

Adjustment or Cancellation

If a student’s eligibility changes at any time during the academic year or summer program, BU Financial Assistance may need to adjust or cancel his or her Work-Study award. Circumstances which may require this include, but are not limited to, withdrawal from the University, failure to maintain a satisfactory grade point average, or the addition of financial assistance from outside sources.