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Student Employment

The student employment component of a financial aid award represents the opportunity to have a job on campus or through one of our off-campus employment partners. You are responsible for finding a position that aligns with your preferences and schedule, and are encouraged to apply early for the best selection of jobs.

First-year students, whether on work-study or not, may only work in Dining Services or housekeeping. After the first year, students work all over campus and off campus in a wide variety of jobs, including but not limited to jobs in academic offices, groundskeeping, the library systems, and America Reads tutoring program.

You may work to earn money for books and supplies, to put towards your tuition accounts, or for personal spending money. There is no obligation to work all or any of the hours awarded, though income not earned is not replaced with other aid.

For information about work-study at Smith College, see Student Employment.


Refer to your award on BannerWeb to verify your type and amount of work-study.

The award amount is the maximum you may earn. Your other aid will not be increased if you choose not to work. Your earnings are paid directly to you. If you want your earnings paid to your Smith account to reduce your bill, submit a Payroll Deduction Authorization form to Student Financial Services.

Holding a Position in Residence Life

Holding a position with the residence life office will impact your financial aid award. The aid adjustment will depend on the position. Please contact us to determine how your award would be affected by a residence life position.

Housing Coordinators & House Community Advisers

Domestic and international Housing Coordinators (HCs) and House Community Advisers (HCAs) have their work-study award replaced with the HCA stipend. The stipend will be paid regularly during the academic year.

Head Residents

Domestic Head Residents (HRs) will have all loan and work components of their awards replaced with the Head Resident Grant and stipend. Students receiving need-based grant assistance from Smith College will see a reduction in their Smith grant assistance by the amount that the HR grant exceeds the level of self-help (loan and work).

Although this award adjustment will remove your existing loans from your award, you have the option to request any loan eligibility they have remaining after the residence life award is factored in. Please contact us if you wish to determine your remaining loan eligibility.

Below is an example of how working as a Head Resident would affect your financial aid award (2017-18).

Self-help assistance:

  Juniors & Seniors
Loan $5,500
Work $3,050
Total self help $8,550

Need-based grant reduction:

Head Resident Grant $13,176
Head Resident Stipend (not including January term funding) $3,554
Total assistance provided (total room and board cost $16,730
Minus self-help total (from above) $8,550
Minus HR Stipend (from above) $3,554
Grant reduction $4,626