Students

I have a job offer, can I start working immediately?

Once you have been offered a job, please register your FWSP job with the SEO. There are instructions for completing this form based on whether you will be working on or off-campus; you may want to speak with your employer before completing this as some of the information required is specific to their department or agency. Once the SEO receives and processes the form, a confirmation email authorizing work study will be sent to you and your supervisor.

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How do I receive my Federal Work Study award?

Federal Work Study is not a lump sum grant.

You are eligible to earn up to the dollar amount listed on your financial aid award letter over the course of the term-time or summer employment. You are not guaranteed this money, nor are you required to earn it all. If you would like to earn the dollar amount listed on your financial aid award letter, you need to find a job and work the appropriate amount of hours. You will receive the money in weekly paychecks based on your hourly wage and hours worked.

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Do I have to file a Federal Tax Return?

Generally, you must file a Federal income tax return if you receive a specified minimum amount of gross income for the calendar year. For up to date information on filing a federal tax return, please visit the Student Financial Services website

Please note: Harvard as an institution does not advise on any personal income tax requirements or issues. Use of any information from this site or any other web site...

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How many jobs can I have?

You may work any number of jobs provided you do not exceed the recommended 20 hours per week total.

What is the Term Time Work Expectation?

You are expected to contribute toward the cost of your education through a Term Time Work Expectation. Although this isn't necessarily toward the cost of tuition. Books, school supplies, travel to and from home, and other personal expenses are considered part of the overall cost of attending Harvard College.

The important thing to understand is that earnings through a part time job do not have to be paid to Harvard or to the Financial Aid Office.

If you have an outside award it will first reduce your Term Time Work...

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Am I required to have a job while attending Harvard?

While you are not required to work while attending Harvard it is a good idea for a variety of reasons:

  • Working builds your resume and teaches you relevant job skills.
  • Familiarizes you with working in an office, lab, or other professional environment.
  • Fulfills your term time work expectation.
  • Provides you with disposable income.

How many hours can I work per week?

  • Undergraduates may work up to a total of 20 hours per week during the academic school year.
  • Graduate students may work up to 40 hours per week.
  • All students may work up to 40 hours per week during breaks (Spring Break, Reading Period, Winter Recess, etc.). There is no compensation for lunch or break times, vacation days, or holidays.