The student employment component of a financial aid award represents the opportunity to have a job on campus; because of visa limitations, international students are not eligible to hold any job off campus. You are responsible for finding a position that aligns with your preferences and schedule, and are encouraged to apply early for the best selection of jobs.
First-year students, whether on work-study or not, may only work in Dining Services or housekeeping. After the first year, students work all over campus in a wide variety of jobs, including but not limited to jobs in academic offices, groundskeeping, and the library systems.
You may work to earn money for books and supplies, to put towards your tuition accounts, or for personal spending money. There is no obligation to work all or any of the hours awarded, though income not earned is not replaced with other aid.
Refer to your award on BannerWeb to verify your type and amount of work-study.
The award amount is the maximum you may earn. Your other aid will not be increased if you choose not to work. Your earnings are paid directly to you. If you want your earnings paid to your Smith account to reduce your bill, submit a Payroll Deduction Authorization form to Student Financial Services.
Holding a Position in Residence Life
Holding a position with the residence life office will impact your financial aid award. The aid adjustment will depend on the position. Please contact us to determine how your award would be affected by a residence life position.
Housing Coordinators & House Community Advisers
Domestic and international Housing Coordinators (HCs) and House Community Advisers (HCAs) have their work-study award replaced with the HCA stipend. The stipend will be paid regularly during the academic year.
International Head Residents (HRs) will have all loan and work components of their awards replaced with the Head Resident Grant and stipend. Students receiving need-based grant assistance from Smith College will see a reduction in their Smith grant assistance by the amount that the HR grant exceeds the level of self-help (loan and work).
Loan Assistance - International students may have eligibility to have some or all of their loans reinstated on request. Please contact us to determine you eligibility if you are interested in this option.
Below is an example of how working as a Head Resident would affect your financial aid award (2017-18).
Need-based grant reduction for international students:
|Head Resident Grant||$13,176||$13,176|
|Minus Self-Help Total||$8,100||$8,650|