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There are 11 comments on Work-Study Students to Be Paid for Remainder of the Semester

    1. Hi Hunter,
      Please contact the Student Employment Office at seo@bu.edu or 617.353.3594. That office can advise you about your job category.

      Best Regards,
      Julie Wickstrom, Executive Director
      BU Financial Assistance

  1. Oh wow paying work study students when almost three quarters of their pay comes from government funds anyway. How generous when the university has stopped paying regular students workers who can’t work remotely through the remainder of the semester. So those students are supposed to keep taking classes from home remotely but now need to find a job from home or wherever to pay the bills when there are no jobs right now to be had? 9 million Americans are out of work! How compassionate of BU. Why doesn’t bob brown take a pay cut, given that he’s one of the highest paid presidents in the country, and the university uses that money pay those students and they can focus on wrapping up the semester instead of worrying about paying their bills? Maybe then they’ll actually want to return to BU next semester and not choose a cheaper option close to home.

  2. I wish this story included student comments. It leaves out that the manner in which the university notified student employees about this situation was awful and flubbed.

    Awful: Non-work study student employees were “fired” via an email sent on a Friday afternoon at 4:30pm. Students weren’t notified by their supervisors, but by a form letter. So, if you have questions about the letter, who do you ask over the weekend? The letter also does not say a word about re-employment in the fall semester.

    Flubbed: ALL students who are not work study, including PhD and graduate students and others working remotely received the same email. This was a “mistake” and a correction email was sent at 9:30pm.

    This was really poor performance.

    It would also be helpful if this article reviewed what students can do besides contact the university for financial support. For example, can student employees who are let go file for unemployment?

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      We are sorry for the less than ideal communication. Unfortunately, our efforts to get information to students quickly resulted in students who were indeed still working receiving our communication.

      I have been in touch with Massachusetts to find out if students can file for unemployment. Typically full-time students are not eligible but we encourage you to reach out to MA to find out if there have been changes, particularly related to the CARES act that was recently passed. You can find more information here https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-unemployment-and-coronavirus-covid-19 .

      – Julie Wickstrom, Executive Director
      BU Financial Assistance

  3. There is no way to make this fair but I would like to point out that the work-study students are receiving the remainder of their work-study grants in a lump sum, which is not the same as being paid for the rest of the semester. Some jobs will switch you to student employment when you run out of work-study funds and those people are not getting paid for the rest of the semester as this article is wording it. One of my work-study students had $25 left in their grant and that’s all they’re going to get, less than 2 hours of pay. This person would have easily been working 15-20 hours per week for the rest of the semester. Another work-study student who never in a million years would have earned their grant because they work so little is getting nearly $2000 out of this. The two weeks pay is far better than the “deal” some of my work-studies are getting.

  4. Hi, could we maybe get like a time range of when we might receive these funds? The email only stated early April and I was just curious as to when that might be?

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