Parent Information

In an effort to best support the parents and families of our students, we have compiled a collection of answers to some of our most FAQ about student employment. We hope you find this information beneficial and invite you to email us at with any other questions.

Please know that while we will always do our best to provide you with the most up-to-date and valuable information, federal law states that there are some limitations that must be addressed when communicating certain information to parents. For more information, please visit the university web page addressing student privacy (FERPA).

Why should Freshmen work?

Studies show that students who work have a higher retention rate than students who do not work while in school — especially freshmen. Campus employment can actually help freshmen acclimate to college life. They become better acquainted with faculty and staff and the workplace is a great way to meet other students and build friendships. As a result, they get connected to campus life faster. As they continue working, students develop practical and transferrable skills including Time Management, Problem Solving, and Leadership; all of which aid to support their academic achievement.

Do students need Federal Work-Study to get a job?

No. In fact, nearly 2000 undergraduates work on campus each year and fewer than half of them have work-study. However, if your student does have a work-study award, they will have an advantage over those students who do not since the work-study award pays a large portion of the hourly wage.

  • Is work-study taxable? YES, work-study earnings are subject to tax withholding. For more information, see Tax Information.

What is Non-Federal Work Study?

If your student’s financial aid package includes JHU Non-Federal Work Study, along with a dollar amount, please know that this is not an actual Federal Work Study (FWS) award. This line item refers to money that your student can earn by working on-campus through the Office of Student Employment Services. With that said, please know that the majority of students who work on-campus each academic year do not have work-study. Nearly 2000 undergraduates work on campus annually and we typically have more student job openings than we can fill.

Therefore, please let your student know that if they wish to work on-campus, but were not awarded work-study, there is a sufficient number of Non-Federal Work Study campus jobs available each year. Also, on-campus refers to the Homewood campus as well as the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine and Public Health; thus there is a wide variety of opportunities.

What type of jobs are available?

Students can work on any Johns Hopkins University campus, including the medical campus. Jobs range from bilingual translator to web designer to research assistant. New jobs are added daily and all positions are removed after 30 days unless the hiring department request otherwise.

Is there a job for every student who wishes to work?

While we cannot guarantee that every student wanting to work will find their preferred campus job, we can say that, on average, we typically have more positions than we can fill. Also, for those students who need help in their job search, our office offers individualized assistance to help your student secure a campus position.

What documents are required to work?

All employees must complete a Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) — including student employees. In order to complete this form, the student must provide valid documentation. Xeroxed & Faxed copies cannot be accepted. More information can be found on the Form I-9 page of our Student Handbook.

Do student earnings go toward their account (tuition)?

No. Students may elect direct deposit to any financial institution in the continental U.S. that participates in the Automatic Clearing House. Otherwise, they will receive paper pay check.

Are student earnings subject to tax withholding?

Student earnings are subject to Maryland state tax, including Federal Work Study. This is due to the student’s local residency while here at school. The only exception to this tax rule is if the student resides in another state and commutes to and from school on a daily basis. If your student’s earnings fall below a certain level, they may qualify to be exempt from tax withholding. Students who earn an hourly wage and/or salary from the University will be issued a W-2 form.

Tax Withholding Requirements for Students who are New York State Residents


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