A campus job is part of every offer of financial assistance from Vassar College. Financial aid recipients receive an allocation for either Federal Work-Study (federally funded) or Institutional Employment (Vassar-supplied employment funds). The rules and regulations governing employment are the same, regardless of the funding source. Student Employment gives first priority for job placements to financial aid students. After those students have had the opportunity to secure employment, the remaining jobs are made available to non-financial aid students.
Jobs on campus cover a wide range of activities, such as shelving books in the library, office work in administrative and academic offices, computer center services, and faculty interns. Students with a Federal Work-Study allocation who are interested in community service work also have the option of applying for off-campus community service work-study (CSWS), a program coordinated by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar.
First year students are permitted to work eight hours per week and can anticipate earning about $2,160 during the year. Sophomores are permitted to work nine hours per week, and juniors and seniors are permitted to work 10 hours per week, with their anticipated earnings proportionately higher.