Student Employment

We offer need-based and merit-based employment programs for undergraduate and graduate students to provide them with the opportunity to fund their education and gain valuable work experience.

Federal Work Study

This program, the largest student employment program offered by Suffolk University, is awarded to full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

Although students may work either on or off-campus, most students prefer the flexibility of an on-campus job. Work-study students are hired by every office and department within the university, so a wide variety of placement options are available. In addition, numerous community service placement options are available.

Pay rates vary and are based upon experience, skills required and job performance. Off-campus employers may set hourly rates in conjunction with the University student pay scale policy. Work-study recipients usually work 8-12 hours per week during the academic year (the maximum is 20 hours a week).

The Director of Student Employment provides placement assistance and an information packet is mailed to all work-study recipients during the summer, advising students of program guidelines, job availability, pay rates, etc.

Fact sheets for student employees: Undergraduate | Graduate

More information on payroll for student workers


This program is offered to graduate students with priority given to those enrolled full-time. Recipients are selected on the basis of merit and work on-campus performing research and/or administrative tasks. Award amounts vary and recipients are paid bi-weekly for hours worked.

Fact sheet for fellowships