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“Work-Study” is simply an opportunity to have a part-time job while going to school. Jobs are in administrative offices, academic departments, the library, the sports center, campus security, and other campus locations.

A Few Basics:

While we will try to locate a job  for eligible students, placement and earnings are not guaranteed.

If “work-study” is not shown on your award letter you should not pursue a job on campus without first speaking with the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Maximum of 14 hrs/wk
  • Social Security and Medicare taxes are not deducted during the academic year, effectively increasing your take-home pay by $0.65.
  • Funds earned are paid directly to you, but can be applied to your bill.

Student Payroll Information

The Application 

Students who have been offered work-study funds can access Handshake (login required) to see a list of current job openings. Students may directly contact hiring managers.

Before beginning to work for the first time, additional employment forms must be completed (details provided during hiring process).

Federal Work-Study

This need-based program is funded by the government and the College, and is awarded to eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We offer work-study funds to students who live on campus and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.

Lake Forest College Work-Study

This program is primarily need-based and is funded by the College. It is awarded to international students who qualify and hold proper visa status, and (on a limited basis) to students who do not qualify for federal work-study funds.

How much can be earned?

Students who are eligible under either program are normally offered up to $2,500 for the year though the amount is not guaranteed. This equates to approximately 14 hours per week, which is the maximum number of weekly hours a student may work. Once a student earns the amount offered, the College reserves the right to end that student’s employment for the year.

Students who have not been offered funds from either program are generally not permitted to work on campus. If all eligible students have been placed in jobs and positions remain open, it is possible for others to be offered employment.

Students are paid by “direct deposit” or check every two weeks, unless different arrangements have been made with the Office of Business Affairs.

How do I find an on-campus position?

A current listing of on-campus jobs is posted on Handshake, the College’s career platform. Students with Work-Study included on their financial aid award letter have priority for all on-campus positions. Search for Lake Forest College as the employer and apply to those you are interested in.

Note that, as a general rule, students are limited to two on-campus positions unless granted authorization from the Business Office. Students must complete employment forms in the Office of Business Affairs before beginning work.

Students are expected to treat their position like any other job. Once a work schedule has been established, students are expected to show up at the agreed-upon times. Students who are unable to work at an assigned time are expected to inform his/her supervisor in advance. Repeated absences and other inappropriate conduct are not acceptable and are grounds for termination.

Opportunities for off-campus employment

Job opportunities exist in the community, although they are not considered “work-study” positions. Lake Forest College students have access to part-time jobs through QuadJobs, a free marketplace that connects local families and small businesses with Lake Forest College students seeking part-time employment. Students can find internships in Handshake, Lake Forest’s online career portal and job board.

For questions about the application process or job placement, contact:
Yang Choe
Payroll Specialist

For questions about eligibility, contact:
Mark Anderson 
Associate Director of Financial Aid