Student Employment Funding

Last year Suffolk University employed over 1,500 students in various capacities throughout the University and at approved off-campus sites. Almost every office/department on campus hires student workers.

Students assume a wide range of job responsibilities and provide support in numerous areas including clerical, customer service, research, administrative, student services and enrollment management.

This site will provide you with information on the types of employment available at Suffolk, the required paperwork to begin working, and the procedures and guidelines for student employees.

If you are a supervisor of student employees, please review the policies and procedures for hiring student workers.

Graduate Student Employment Funding

Suffolk University Employment is an institutional employment program awarded to students as part of their financial aid package. Students who wish to be considered for employment may appeal in writing to the Office of Student Financial Services. We will try our best to accommodate your request, however funding is limited and there is no guarantee that you will be awarded.

If you have been awarded student employment as part of your financial aid package, you are eligible to apply for jobs listed on the student employment list which will be available the second week of August. New incoming students who have been awarded employment funds will receive employment paperwork in the mail, and returning students will need to visit the Office of Student Financial Services to pick up their forms. *Please note- if you are returning to the same department where you worked the previous academic year, your forms will be automatically sent to your supervisor.

Students who have student employment awards are welcome to contact the supervisors listed on the student employment job list to apply for the opening. DO NOT contact the supervisor if you have not already been awarded student employment funding.

Supervisors will confirm the student they wish to hire has employment funding BEFORE offering a position. Students can verify their employment awards by obtaining an Employment Authorization from the Office of Student Financial Services. If a student or their supervisor has questions on funding availability, they should contact The Office of Student Financial Services.

If you are having difficulty finding placement:
Please contact Hilary Haley in the Office of Student Financial Services 617-573-8470 and she may be able to assist you with your job search strategy.

Do not wait until weeks after the semester begins to seek help, as it may be too late! Jobs at Suffolk are limited so make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to get hired!

Each year the CAS Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) provides funding for selected CAS faculty to hire a research assistant to work on a new or ongoing research project. Research assistant positions are open to any full-time CAS student in good standing. FRAP applicants interview with and are selected by the supervising faculty member. Students interested in applying for an FRAP position with a CAS faculty member should consult the CAS Research Assistant List which contains job description and faculty contact information for all available FRAP opportunities for the upcoming academic year.

*Students will be awarded employment funding if selected for a CAS Research Assistant position, so no prior employment award is needed.

The CAS Teaching Assistant Program (TAP) provides funding for selected CAS faculty to hire a teaching assistant for a high enrollment course. TA funding is restricted to full-time CAS undergraduates with senior status or full-time graduate students in CAS graduate programs. TA candidates must be in good academic standing; a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The TA award is based on a maximum 10-hour per week commitment for the 15-week fall semester.

TA applicants interview with and are selected by the supervising faculty member. Students interested in applying for a TA position with a CAS faculty member should consult the CAS Teaching Assistant List which contains course descriptions and faculty contact information for all available TAP opportunities for the upcoming semester.

*Students will be awarded employment funding if selected for a CAS Teaching Assistant position, so no prior employment award is needed.

A select number of administrative offices offer fellowship opportunities to graduate students. Most offices hire for the entire academic year. The Graduate Fellowship Opportunities listing is updated as new positions become available.

Please note the following:

  • Fellowships consist of a grant and employment award. The recipient may not choose to reject the employment portion of the award and keep the grant portion. Students must work their required weekly hours or risk having the grant reduced or revoked. The grant portion of the award is directly credited to the recipient’s tuition account; the employment award is paid through bi-weekly paychecks.
  • Fellowships are only awarded for the fall and spring semesters; summer funding is not available.
  • In order to begin working, additional employment paperwork must be completed (including authorization, I-9, W-4, Direct Deposit form, etc).
  • Fellowships are typically renewable for up to four full-time semesters provided the recipient meets the renewal requirements (e.g., satisfactory job performance, academic progress, enrollment status, etc).
  • A student may only accept one fellowship, and all students are limited to a maximum of 20 hours of employment per week.
  • CAS Graduate Grants are automatically reduced by 50% if recipient is awarded an Administrative Fellowship.
  • SBS Graduate Grants may be impacted if recipient is awarded an Administrative Fellowship. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for details.

Award Requirements

Your Graduate Fellowship award is comprised of a grant and employment. The grant portion of the award will be credited directly to your tuition account, with half the amount posted each semester. The employment portion of the award will be paid to you bi-weekly via direct deposit.

You must work the required hours in order to receive the grant portion of the award. If you do not work the required hours, your grant will be reduced or revoked.

Employment Obligations

If you received an employment award of $6,200 for the year, your REQUIRED employment commitment is as follows:

Semester Hours per week Total hours for the semester
Fall 16 240
Spring 16 240
=480 total hours of work required for the year. If you do not work the required hours, the grant portion of your award will be revoked or prorated.

If you received an employment award of $4,650 for the year, your REQUIRED employment commitment is as follows:

Semester Hours per week Total hours for the semester
Fall 12 180
Spring 12 180
=360 total hours of work required for the year. If you do not work the required hours, the grant portion of your award will be revoked or prorated.

If you received an employment award of $3,100 for the year, your REQUIRED employment commitment is as follows:

Semester Hours per week Total hours for the semester
Fall 8 120
Spring 8 120
=240 total hours of work required for the year. If you do not work the required hours, the grant portion of your award will be revoked or prorated

Placement

Fellowship placement information and paperwork will be mailed to students along with their award letter by the Office of Student Financial Services. The Sawyer Business School Dean’s Office will coordinate the placement of students in their respective departments. It is imperative that students return their placement paperwork to the Dean’s Office in a timely manner to ensure that they are provided with a department assignment.

Renewal

Renewal of Sawyer Business school fellowships is possible based on satisfactory performance and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3. Please note fellowship awards are available to full time students for only TWO CONSECUTIVE years (4 semesters) provided you meet all renewal requirements.

In addition, if you graduate, withdraw, take a leave of absence, or enroll below half time status you are no longer entitled to this funding. A change in your enrollment status can have an impact on your award, so be sure to check your award letter for the enrollment status this award is based on and register for the appropriate credits prior to the close of each “Add/Drop period”. If renewed, fellowship amounts remain the same and will NOT be revised to reflect any annual tuition increase.