Financial Aid

Student Employment

Union College offers two work study programs. The federal work study program is a need-based federally subsidized work program. The Union College work program, also need-based, is funded through Union for international students who do not qualify for federal funds. Both programs are administered by the college and are offered to students as part of their financial aid package. Students are assigned part-time jobs on campus and can earn from $1,700 to $2,200 during the academic year.

Work study at Union is awarded to students based on need as determined by the FAFSA and CSS Profile. All students who are offered work study are required to submit a work study application annually to participate in the program. For returning students, the online application must be submitted by April 15. For incoming students, the deadline for submission of the application is July 1.

The application allows students to list up to three work preferences. Although it is not always possible we try to meet one of the three preferences that the student has indicated. For your convenience, we maintain a list of departments that employ students through the work study program.

Notification of assignments is sent via email to students during August. The email will indicate the department to which the student has been assigned, the name of the supervisor who the student should report to and the number of hours the student is allowed to work per week. Students who have been awarded $1,700 can work six hours per week, students with $2,000 can work seven hours per week and students with $2,200 can work eight hours per week. All work study positions pay $9.70 per hour.

Any student who has not previously been employed at Union must complete Student Employee Onboarding Paperwork. The completed forms should be submitted to the Human Resources Office in person with the appropriate documentation.

Work study earnings are not directly applied to the student’s account. Most students use earnings for personal expenses and/or to help with book expenses. Students are able to make payments to their account from work study earnings, but this is not an automatic process.

Paychecks are issued bi-weekly for hours worked during the prior two weeks. Students can have a paper check sent to their campus mailbox or can have the check deposited directly into their checking account. Direct deposit is recommended, to sign up for this the student must complete the Direct Deposit Request Form and submit it to the Payroll Office.