All campus employment is coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid. The following FAQs may be of help if you are considering an on-campus job.
Students may access the Rice Job Board at http://jobs.financialaid.rice.edu. From the Job Board's home page, click on "Applicants" and use your Rice NetID and password to login. Once logged in, you may create a profile, browse jobs and submit applications through the site.
Federal Work Study is a part-time employment program for students who have demonstrated financial need according to eligibility criteria set forth by the federal government. Students are limited to earning the dollar amount shown on their award letter.
In order to be considered for a work-study award, students must complete the FAFSA each year, demonstrate financial need, and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Rice Work is an institutional student employment program sponsored by various academic and administrative departments. Rice Work does not require a student to demonstrate financial need or to complete the financial aid process.
In order to be eligible for employment through the Rice Work Program during the fall and spring terms, students must be enrolled at least half-time in for-credit courses at Rice University. (Half-time is defined as 6 credit hours for undergraduates and 4.5 hours for graduate students.)
During the summer, students must be registered for the upcoming fall term, OR be an entering student who has accepted an offer of admission for the upcoming fall term, OR be enrolled in credit coursework at Rice during the June/July summer session.
Working is not a requirement; it is simply a good way to gain practical work experience and help cover educational or personal expenses. The benefits of employment include:
On average, students work 10-15 hours per week. We recommend that students work no more than 20 hours per week in order to remain focused on their challenging academic studies. Students may not work during their scheduled class periods.
As recipients of a Federal Work Study award, students are eligible to apply to the America Reads and Counts Tutoring Program, organized by the Community Involvement Center at Rice University. The America Reads and Counts Tutoring supports educational efforts in the Houston community by paying Rice University students to serve as reading and math tutors to elementary-age children.
A student may only have one position through Federal Work Study, but you may have multiple positions through Rice Work. Thus, if you have a Federal Work Study position, then your second position must be processed through Rice Work. Please remember, your combined hours should not exceed 20 hours per week.
As an F-1 or J-1 student, you have the opportunity to engage in on-campus work or practical training opportunities off-campus. However, you must obtain the appropriate work authorization before starting to work. If you work even one day before or after your authorization, you must leave the U.S. or face deportation. Please see the web pages of the Office of International Students & Scholars at http://oiss.rice.edu/gateway.aspx?id=202 for more information. The Office of Financial Aid does not advise students on this topic. Please contact the OISS at 713.348-6095.
Once you have been hired, you must submit the following completed forms to your department supervisor.
Students may work through Rice Work during the summer. During the summer, students must be registered for the upcoming fall term, OR be an entering student who has accepted an offer of admission for the upcoming fall term, OR be enrolled in credit coursework at Rice during the June/July summer session.
Federal Work Study payments are earned as wages through working in a Federal Work Study position at Rice. Earned wages are processed by Payroll and paid by direct deposit or check to the student worker. Wages are not applied to your account balance. Available work study positions may be browsed and applied for using the Rice Job Board.
No, your eligibility for Federal Work Study is not affected by your use or non-use of the prior year's award. If you are not eligible for Federal Work Study however, keep in mind as a Rice student, you may be eligible to work on campus through Rice Work.