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Many students choose to earn money towards their personal expenses or term bill through an on-campus job. Each academic year, students may be eligible for either Federal Work-Study or student employment (casual work) based on their financial aid packages.

Both types of positions are on-campus work; however they are funded by different sources. Eligibility for Federal Work-Study is determined by the FAFSA. The financial aid award will indicate whether a student is eligible for Federal Work-Study. Federal Work-Study jobs are posted online.

Students not eligible for Federal Work-Study can obtain campus jobs, but would search for them in the casual employment section. Casual employment campus jobs are posted on the LionSHARE portal.

Students are paid directly; their earnings are not applied toward the bill. Information on the requirements for student job paperwork as well as payroll is available online.

Federal Work-Study

  • Apply for term time-jobs at the beginning of the semester after finalizing your course schedule. Most jobs are posted starting in late August.
  • Jobs are not assigned; search for jobs through the Federal Work-Study Database.*
  • Students are paid directly through bi-weekly paychecks based on hours worked; average hourly wages range from $15.00-$21.75
  • Wages are primarily expected to cover non-billed educational expenses, such as books and personal supplies
  • Students typically work 10-12 hours per week
  • Limited eligibility based on federal need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Students can find required paperwork online or at the Federal Work Study Office in 205 Kent Hall
  • My Columbia portal shows W2 & direct deposit information

Student Employment

  • Apply for term time-jobs at the beginning of the semester after finalizing your course schedule. Most jobs are posted starting in late August.
  • Jobs are not assigned; search for jobs through the Center for Career Education’s LionSHARE Database.*
  • Students are paid directly through bi-weekly paychecks based on hours worked; average hourly wages range from $15.00-$21.75
  • Wages are primarily expected to cover non-billed educational expenses, such as books and personal supplies.
  • Students typically work 10-12 hours per week
  • Employment paperwork is provided by the office once the student is hired
  • My Columbia portal shows W2 & direct deposit information

All students are notified of Federal Work-Study eligibility with finalized award letters.

Access to the Federal Work-Study Database and the LionSHARE Student Employment Database requires a log in and is limited to currently registered Columbia students.