We offer both Federal Work-Study and Student Aide Program employment opportunities. Federal Work-Study Program jobs are based on need as shown in your financial aid application. Other University jobs through the Student Aide Program are open to all students. To be eligible to work in either program, you must be currently enrolled at Northeastern for at least six credit hours in a degree program. 


Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) eligibility

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to April 1, 2024, for the upcoming award year. Students with the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) indicated on the Student Aid Report (SAR) must fall between $0 and $6,500. Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) awards will be awarded until funds are exhausted. After that if you have not received an award, and if you are eligible, you may be placed on the FWSP waiting list. The Student Employment Office reviews the usage of FWSP awards at the beginning and middle of each semester and redistributes any available funds to those on the FWSP waiting list.

Classification and Wage Levels

Student Employment positions require that you have a Job Description Form on file in the Student Employment Office. In addition, you must complete a Student Hiring and Change of Status Form. The hiring agent shall determine what level you will be placed upon hire based on your skill set.

Within the pay scale there are four levels: Level I, II, III, and IV. Students are to be paid based
on the required knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete their job. Please note
that job description details are at the discretion (as long as reasonable) of the hiring

LEVEL I $14-$15 (State minimum wage, effective Jan. 1, 2024: $14) Few special skills with little or no previous training or work experience is required for Level I jobs. A minimum amount of training is necessary to prepare the student employee for work. Employment is generally well supervised and jobs are often of a routing nature that require little decision-making.
LEVEL II $15-$16 per hour Requires some previous training, experience, or knowledge, as well as some mechanical ability, manual dexterity, or mental activity. The work performed is generally supervised.
LEVEL III $16-$17 per hour Requires previous training or experience, independent judgment and considerable mental activity. Some college education or comparable experience is necessary. The work may include a high level of responsibility.
LEVEL IV $17-$19 per hour *Grant Employees Only Jobs for this level require a high degree of mental activity and judgment and may require a degree of decision-making. Some college education or comparable experience is necessary, including a high level of responsibility.

Any hourly rate over $19 must be approved by the Executive Director of Human Resources

Off-Campus and Community Service Opportunities

If you have an FWSP award, you can earn up to $15 per hour working for a non-profit organization in the Chicago metropolitan area or tutoring elementary students from Chicago Public Schools in reading and/or mathematics through the America Reads/America Counts Program. Please visit the Office of Student Employment for further information.

Current job opportunities

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