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Resources for Student Employees

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Getting a job on campus involves more than simply searching for an open position! Explore this section for helpful information about working in a student employment position at Swarthmore.

Getting Started

Am I able to work?

You are eligible to work if:

  • You are currently enrolled as a student and residing within the United States.
    • Students that are on a leave of absence are not eligible to work.
    • Students that are currently living abroad (outside of the US) are not eligible to work in a student employment position.
  • You have completed and submitted all of your required paperwork to the Student Payroll Office and have been approved.


What is hiring priority and when does it take place?
  • Hiring priority refers to the College’s policy and expectation that supervisors will grant hiring priority to students who have been awarded a campus job monetary expectation as part of their financial aid decision. The hiring priority is usually the first week of classes.  
  • Students who are work-aided are students who have work aid in their financial aid award. During this period, students who do not have work-aid will not be able to apply or be hired into any position. 
Once I’m approved and hired, how do I access my timesheet?
  • The timesheet can be found on MySwarthmore under the “Employee” tab.
  • If you have any questions please email Student Payroll (


When can I apply for jobs on JobX?
  • You must be an active student and complete all paperwork first.
  • You can apply through JobX 24 hours after you receive an email from the Student Payroll Office stating that you have been approved.
Who do I contact with JobX questions?
How do I search for/find new jobs on JobX?
  • If you are struggling to find a working opportunity on campus, please ensure you search JobX thoroughly.
  • To do this, go to the JobX dashboard, click on “Find a Job” through the “Quick Search” tool within your JobX dashboard, and then click “25 Most Recently Posted Jobs.”
  • If you are struggling to find a position, please send us an email ( and we can assist you.

Guidelines and General Information

Work Hour Limits
  • The College suggests that as a student employee you work no more than 7 or 8 hours per week in order for you to maintain enough time to balance your academic responsibilities, social life, and other extracurricular activities. 
  • If you are an international student working at the College, you may not work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session and no more than 40 hours per week during school breaks. Working more hours may jeopardize your visa status.​
What are the 2021-2022 hourly pay rates?

Current hourly rates for the 2021-2022 academic year (beginning August 1, 2021) are as follows:

  • Pay level 1: $10.78/hour
  • Pay level 2: $11.33/hour
  • Pay level 3: $11.88/hour