The University of San Francisco's on- and off-campus employment opportunities help students meet the cost of education. While working part-time, students will acquire job skills, develop community connections, and complement academic study with resume-building experience.

Students whose job duties are suitable for remote work are permitted to work remotely. Be sure to check with your direct supervisor as the needs of your hiring department will determine whether or not you can work remotely. 

New to working remotely? Here are some tips to ensure your remote work success.

Requirements for Student Employment at USF

At least half-time enrollment in a degree-granting program 

Students must meet a minimum of half-time enrollment by the semester's Census date to be eligible for employment. If a student withdraws, takes a Leave of Absence (LOA), or drops below half-time enrollment after Census, they will lose employment eligibility. A half-time undergraduate student is enrolled in at least six (6) units per semester; a half-time graduate student is enrolled in at least three (3) units per semester; a half-time law student is enrolled in at least four (4) units per semester. Continuing students are not required to be enrolled during the summer semester to work on campus.

New Hire Process and Paperwork

With the launch of USFWorks, a majority of onboarding will be done through the USFWorks platform.

Our New Hire Checklist has detailed information about the USFWorks onboarding process!

I-9 employment verification is started electronically through USFWorks and also requires the employee to present their original (hard copy) I-9 documents in person to the Student Employment Office (located in Lone Mountain Main, Room 203). Upon verifying your I-9 documents and completing all onboarding steps through USFWorks, student employees will be ready to start their assignments. Per federal law, all new students workers must present documentation for I-9 verification on or before their first day of employment. Be sure to obtain your original (hard copy) supporting documents prior to beginning work.

Click here for a full list of acceptable documents. Copies and/or digital images will not be accepted.

Students who are rehired after the end of a previous work assignment must confirm with the office that they have a valid I-9 on file prior to beginning work.

Social Security Number 

Upon hire, students without a Social Security number on file must supply one to the University for wage reporting to the IRS. This may be completed by bringing one’s Social Security card or receipt to Student Employment (Lone Mountain Main, Room 203) or submitting a Change of Personal Data webform to the Office of the University Registrar. An international student who does not have a Social Security number may refer to the ISSS website and our International Student Employee Checklist for information on applying for a Social Security number.

Complete Financial Aid Requirements

Federal Work-Study (FWS) recipients must complete all financial aid requirements in order to begin employment. These requirements may be found under the “Self-Service” and “Financial Aid” tabs of Banner Self-Service (Student). For more information about the FWS financial aid work awards see 'Types of Student Employment' below.

USFWorks Work Clearance

Paper Work Clearances will no longer be used after the launch of USFWorks. Work Clearances will be generated through USFWorks and sent to the student via email after finishing all onboarding items and I-9 verification.

Types of Student Employment

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid program that helps fund the student employment wages for eligible financial aid applicants, allowing the University to offer an increased number of on-campus positions. FWS is provided to a limited number of federal financial aid applicants with high financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office and based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students with a FWS award receive priority consideration for on-campus employment and also have the opportunity to apply for FWS-only off-campus positions listed on the Student Employment job posting board. A student with a FWS award is not required to seek employment, however, and may choose to decline the award.

FWS provides students an opportunity to earn money for their college expenses, gives them a chance to learn the basics of the workplace, provides an opportunity for them to work in a “field” that may be of interest, and helps prepare them to enter the workforce. University of San Francisco (USF) also benefits from the unique talents and experiences students bring to the campus. A job contributes to more than just financial assistance for a student’s college education; it also offers the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, and learn skills to assist with educational and career goals. 

Unlike most other types of financial aid, Federal Work-Study funds do not directly pay tuition at the beginning of each semester; rather, FWS is earned through employment and is paid in the form of semi-monthly paychecks as hours are worked and reported throughout the semester. FWS earnings are considered compensation for work and therefore do not need to be repaid. As an added benefit, the money a student earns through this program is not used to determine their financial need on the FAFSA for the next year. While a student must pay federal and state taxes on their earnings, FWS earnings may be reported as need-based on the subsequent year's FAFSA in order to be excluded from the calculation of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the number used to determine eligibility for certain federal student aid programs and overall financial need.

Non need-based employment

A financial need-based employment award (Federal Work-Study) is not required for USF student employment eligibility. Not all campus assignments will be filled by students with an employment award, leaving ample on-campus student employment opportunities available.

Finding a Job / What to Expect

View the Job Board 

Available on-campus positions can be found on the Student Employment job board. Most positions will require a resume and cover letter for consideration. Students with Federal Work-Study awards may also apply for off-campus FWS positions. In addition to jobs offered through USF, students may also apply for part-time jobs outside of the university. The USF Career Services website offers employment information for students interested in exploring non-work-study, off-campus employment. (Non-USF, off-campus employment does not require clearance by the Student Employment office).

Maximum Hours

Domestic students may work up to twenty-five (25) hours per week while classes are in session and up to thirty-five (35) hours per week during winter intersession, spring break and summer session. International student employees may work up to twenty (20) hours per week while classes are in session and thirty-five (35) hours per week during winter intersession, spring break and summer session. All student employees are limited to a maximum of 7.5 hours per day.

Timesheets and Pay

Timesheets must be submitted each pay period and must be approved by a student employee’s supervisor prior to the payroll deadline.

For instructions on how to fill out a timesheet in USFWorks, check out the links below:

Video Instructions
Timesheets & Benefits Guide

Paychecks are distributed by a pay period’s corresponding pay date to the student employee's designated mailing address or by Direct Deposit. Checks distributed by mail are sent to a student’s ‘mailing’ address as designated during their employment onboarding. During the onboarding process on USFWorks, students must complete the "Manage Payment Elections" task to elect for either Direct Deposit or a mailed paycheck. Students can change their Payment Elections at any time by visiting the "Pay" worklet on their USFWorks home screen.

Payroll Calendar


Supervisors are asked to complete a student employee evaluation each academic year. An evaluation helps identify an employee's strengths and set new goals. Because student assignments typically terminate at the end of an academic year (mid-May), a spring semester evaluation provides an opportunity to discuss the possibility of continued employment during the summer or subsequent academic year.

Benefits and Resources

Paid Sick Leave 

Student employees working within San Francisco County accrue 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 80 hours annually.

San Francisco Health Care Ordinance (HCSO)

When a student employee meets the HCSO eligibility requirements, the University will remit a quarterly contribution into a medical reimbursement account. Student employees with existing employer-provided health coverage, either as an employee of another company or as a dependent of another person (i.e., a parent or spouse/partner), may complete a waiver at the start of each academic year. After submitting the voluntary waiver form, student employees are eligible to receive $125, which will be added to their next payroll processing as taxable income. Student employees covered under the USF-sponsored health insurance plan do not have the option of waiving SF HCSO. 

Worker's Compensation

USF provides coverage for work-related injuries and illnesses. Employees have the option to pre-designate a personal physician for treatment.

Additional Information for International Students

F-1 and J-1 visa students who meet the student employment requirements may seek on-campus student employment. However, the J-1 student must first seek permission from ISSS to arrange a student employment position.

Students attending USF while in the United States under a non-student visa (i.e. not F-1 or J-1) may be able to work on campus depending on the specified conditions of the visa. A work authorization card issued by U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) must be presented to Student Employment for work clearance.

International student employees are limited to twenty (20) hours of work per week while classes are in session and thirty-five (35) hours per week during winter intersession, spring break and summer session.

Social Security Number Requirement

Upon hire, students without a Social Security number on file must supply one to the University for wage reporting to the IRS. The international student without a Social Security who has accepted an on campus job offer may apply for a Social Security number following the instructions provided by the Student Employment office. The instructions are provided upon completion of Form I-9. Application instructions and information may also be found on the ISSS website. Within 45 days of beginning employment, an international student must provide a Social Security number to USF Student Employment (Lone Mountain Main, Room 203) to maintain employment eligibility.

International Student Employment Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions, please see the Student FAQ.