Student Employment FAQ

Can a Federal Work-Study (FWS) student work during breaks (i.e Spring Break, Christmas break)?

Yes, as long as he/she does not work more than 28 hours per week. FWS funds may be used during these times as long as the student returns after the break.

Can a Federal Work-Study student make more than $12.00/hour?

Yes, if you wish to pay a FWS student more than $12.00/hour, you must obtain HR approval via the Salary Request for Undergraduate Students form. You must provide the proper justification why the student warrants more than the maximum. The FWS award would be consumed faster, however, if the student gets close to their max FWS award, Debra Vassey will email to inform you to terminate or transfer to 100% departmental funds.

If a Federal Work-Study student drops from full-time status to part-time, can they still work?

Yes, but if the student loses FWS funds, they must be paid from 100% departmental funds.

Is the student’s fringe included in the 75% paid by Federal Work-Study?

Accounting Services deducts the fringe costs at the end of the year.

How is the awarded Federal Work-Study money calculated?

The FWS awards of $2500 or $3500 is the total for the departmental 25% and the federal 75%. Debra Vassey monitors the earnings and will email both us and the student to inform when the max award is close to depletion. Sometimes if other aid is awarded, the FWS funds must be reduced or canceled.

Are Federal Work-Study students apprised of work expectations when applying for FWS (this is truly work, not paid time to study)?

Yes, as FWS students apply for the jobs, they are informed of how the program work and are asked to read and understand the terms and conditions of the program. Supervisors are encouraged to reiterate the expectations.

Is there a specific number of hours per week thatĀ Federal Work-Study students are expected to work in order to make their funds last throughout the year?

There is no magic number of hours to equate to the allotted funds but typically FWS students work about 10-15 hours per week.

If a student is nearing graduation but is only enrolled for a few hours, can they still work?

Yes, as long as they are enrolled for a minimum of 6 hours and are being paid from 100% departmental funds.

If a student works for a contracted entity (such as Aramark, custodial services) of Clemson’s, can he/she work for the Library as well?

Yes, and with a special exception from the Dean of Libraries, students may work additional Clemson jobs outside of the Library.

Can international students work up to 28 hours/week during the summer?

During official school holidays and summer break, if maintaining valid status, international students may work up to 28 hours per week. View the International Work Calendar for a complete list of dates.

Can a student have split pay? (example: $8.00/hr M-Thu, $10/hr Sunday)

Yes, it is possible. See Kristy for details.

Regardless of FWS or not, can a student that is graduating work up until graduation day?


Is it legal to inquire about citizenship?

No, not on an application nor during an interview.

Can student employees work from home or a remote location?


Can students who are enrolled part-time work with the Library?

Yes, all students must be enrolled for at least 6 hours to may work on campus. If the student is a Federal Work-Study student, then they must be enrolled full-time.