Undergraduate COVID-19 Updates


Undergraduate term-time work: 

As a part of the COVID-19 response, students receiving financial aid have been relieved of the term-time work expectation in the spring, replacing it with scholarship in the calculation of their financial aid award. This extraordinary measure recognizes the current challenges of finding work and the public health considerations of work that is not remote. This does not mean that students cannot or will not choose to work, but rather that there is no expectation of a work contribution to meet their cost of attendance. 

The SEO is committed to connecting students with viable work opportunities in the 2020/2021 academic year.  

  • We continue to engage with many on and off-campus employers to keep our Jobs Database up to date with available opportunities. Many employers have been able to modify their jobs to meet remote criteria. 

    • The Jobs Database is accessible to students with a HarvardKey.  
    • The Jobs Database is updated daily.  

  • We keep our COVID student resource page updated with opportunities and information for students. 
  • The SEO continues to serve as a resource for students who are seeking different types of employment opportunities.

    • In accordance with normal College policies, students who take a leave of absence are not eligible for student employment.
    • All "on-campus" student employment (where the student is on Harvard payroll) must be completed remotely.

    • Students who are living outside of MA due to COVID can be hired for remote Harvard positions.

    • Undergraduate students living on campus are not allowed to hold in-person positions due to the requirement not to leave campus, but may hold remote positions. 

Federal Work Study Program

  •  Though the increase in scholarship to replace the term-time work expectation may mean that fewer students are eligible for federal work study, we still want to encourage those who do have it to use it. If you have any questions about your eligibility for FWS please contact us directly at seofwsp@fas.harvard.edu

  • Students who are not enrolled (either on a leave of absence or a gap year) would not be eligible to use Federal Work Study funds.    

  • There have been many questions regarding the Federal Work Study program for this coming fall. Please understand that while we  will not have a large on-campus presence, enrolled students are still eligible to be employed in on-campus and off-campus positions. We understand some employers may not offer remote operations and they would require students to be in-person to complete certain job functions. It is expected that employers will follow state guidelines regarding re-opening, cleanliness, and social distancing. We acknowledge that there is a strong demand for work amongst our students and many employers may benefit from utilizing federal work study students. We want to keep those opportunities, but safety is a priority. Students looking for positions that are on-site should discuss safety protocols with their employer. We also encourage employers to act with transparency and disclose safety measures up front. 
  • Please note that students living outside of the United States are unable to use Federal Work Study funds for remote positions.


  • To accommodate remote positions for enrolled students, and for students who cannot complete their I9 on campus, I9’s can be completed with the SEO via Zoom. More information on that process can be found here. Please contact the SEO at seoweb@fas.harvard.edu to schedule a time to complete your I9.  

  • Any student who has questions related to visa or immigration-related issued is encouraged to contact the Harvard International Office.

  • The Office of International Education has expanded its role, and will be advising and supporting international students, including providing resources related to practical and logistical matters, as well as academic, co-curricular and extracurricular support.  

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