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Student Employment

The student employment component of a financial aid award represents the opportunity to have a job on campus or through one of our off-campus employment partners. 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 may only work in Dining Services, housekeeping, or with the America Reads tutoring program. After the first year, students work all over campus and off campus in a wide variety of jobs, including but not limited to jobs in academic offices, groundskeeping, and the library systems. Students who are not awarded work-study as part of a financial aid package can still work on campus, after a waiting period at the beginning of each term.

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. If you want your earnings paid to your Smith account to reduce your bill, you will need to submit a Payroll Deduction Authorization form to Student Financial Services when you get to campus.

For information about work-study at Smith College, see Student Employment.