Lewis & Clark Work-Study
The Lewis & Clark Work-Study program (LCWS) provides on-campus employment opportunities to a limited number of students who do not qualify for the need-based Federal Work-Study program. An award of LCWS is not a guarantee of employment, but merely indicates eligibility to work under this program.
LCWS is disbursed in the form of a paycheck directly to the student based on the number of hours worked each month. For this reason, students should not include LCWS funds when determining the family’s portion of the yearly costs on the enclosed “Estimating College Costs” worksheet.
Note: A student’s gross earnings may not exceed the LCWS award. It is the student’s and supervisor’s responsibility to track earnings under this program. Please be aware that students who decline a LCWS award or fail to complete the necessary steps to secure these funds within a reasonable time will have their LCWS award cancelled.
Student Financial Services assists students in locating part-time jobs by posting employment opportunities on an job database online. Since it is the student’s responsibility to secure employment, students are encouraged to review job openings and contact potential employers as early in the semester as possible. Students should be prepared to provide a résumé, fill out an application, and have an interview with the supervisor before securing a position.
Students typically work an average of 6-10 hours per week. Students may not work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session and may not work more than 40 hours a week when classes are not in session. The pay rate for most on-campus jobs is between $8.40 and $9.50 per hour. Review the chart below to see approximately how many hours of work it would take for a student earning $8.40 per hour to earn a given amount over the course of the fall and spring semesters.
|2 hours per week =||$500||8 hours per week =||$2000|
|4 hours per week =||$1000||10 hours per week =||$2500|
|6 hours per week =||$1500||12 hours per week =||$3000|
As with any job, it is necessary for students to complete certain federally-required employment forms to document that they are eligible to work in the United States. Completion of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Form is required before beginning initial employment and the W-4 Withholding Form is recommended to ensure proper tax withholding. Both forms are completed at Student Financial Services.
Be advised that to complete the I-9 form, students will need to show certain original documents to the Student Financial Services staff who will complete the form. As an example, students may complete an I-9 form by showing a United States Passport OR a driver’s license AND original Social Security Card. Faxed or copied documents cannot be accepted. Please review the I-9 form for a complete list of accepted documentation.