Student Employment



·         The majority of the students employed by the University are hourly employees who are paid on a weekly basis.


·          Students are only paid for hours actually worked. Earnings do not include holidays, lunch hours, sick days, or vacations.


·          Work-study subsidy of wages applies only to the work period for which it is appropriated; work-study money cannot be held over for use in the next academic year, or used retroactively.


·          Students must monitor their earnings. Once the full amount of awarded work-study has been earned, employers may choose to keep the student as regular employees. This means the department pays the student’s full wages. If the employer cannot pay the full amount, the student must cease employment since they can no longer be paid through the federal work study program.


·          The first time students are paid, they will receive a paycheck, even though they have established a Direct Deposit account. This is due to the time required to verify the bank account status. On the Medford Campus, this paycheck can be retrieved at the Student Information Desk in Dowling Hall from 9 AM to 5 PM, Mon-Friday. On the Grafton Campus, checks are directly distributed to the departments. On Boston Campus, checks can be retrieved at the Bursar/Cashier Office in Posner Hall. All subsequent paychecks are directly deposited into the designated bank account and an electronic pay stub is emailed to the student’s Tufts email account.


·          All student employee wages are subject to taxes, the rate of which is determined by selections made by the student on the W-4 from. During the academic year Tufts students are exempt from paying  FICA (Federal Insurance Contribution Act) taxes.  If a student works in an approved off campus work study organization, he/she will be subject to FICA taxes because they are not working at the school.   During semester breaks, FICA is deducted from students’ paychecks because they are considered full-time employees.


·          Students will create an Employee Self Service account on the HR website, It will give you access to your paycheck information, ability to add or change a direct deposit or W-4 tax deduction, and late in the year, access to your W-2 tax information.


·          Complete details regarding work-study can be found in the Student Employment Manual.

  Financial Services - Student Employment Office, Dowling Hall 7th Floor, Tufts University, Medford, MA,  02155  |  Tel: (617) 627-2000  |  Email