Student employment at Lawrence University represents a learning experience meant to compliment a student’s academic and career goals and provide valuable work experience. Students are able to gain a means of financial support while pursuing their education and the University directly benefits from the student workforce. Lawrence is committed to providing students with meaningful experiences to develop personal and career related skills.

Student Employment Program

A program that encompasses Federal Work Study and Campus Employment.

Campus Employment

A non-need-based student employment program funded by Lawrence University.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

A need-based student employment program administered by the university. Student earnings are subsidized by the federal government. Students must be awarded FWS in their financial aid package after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Community Service Positions

Off-campus Federal Work Study positions at non-profit agencies that provide a service to the community are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents.


Student's immediate "boss," who generally directs/supervises work progress.

Child Labor Permit

Required to work when employee is under the age of 16. Permits are available through the Payroll Office.

Wage Level/Tier

Used to identify the level of a position and the associated pay range.

Electronic Time Sheet

An online document where the student records their hours of work during a pay period.

Pay period

A biweekly period of employment

Direct Deposit

A student's paycheck will be deposited directly into the checking and/or savings account of their choice.


Required by the Department of Homeland Security, this from documents that each new employee (both citizen & non-citizen) hired after November 6, 1986 is authorized to work in the United States.


Federal tax withholding form completed by student upon hire, and updated by student if needed.


State tax withholding from completed by student upon hire, and updated by student if needed.


End-of-year earnings statement used for reporting income earned to the government.
  • Enrich and compliment an educational route.
  • Develop a sense of community and belonging.
  • Establish a record of work history and learn fundamental workplace skills such as time management, communication, cooperation, and punctuality.
  • Learn employment processes such as interviewing, hiring, training, supervision, and meeting expectations and goals.
  • Sample various career fields.
  • Networking opportunities.

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