Student Employment

Samford University provides work opportunities for students through the two following programs: The Federal Work Study program (FWS) is need-based, as determined by the FAFSA, and the Institutional Student Employment Program (ISEP) which is not need-based.

Getting Started

Find a Job

There are two types of student employment opportunities: Federal Work Study (FWS) and Samford’s Institutional Student Employment Program (ISEP). Students may contact employers about on-campus jobs directly. After being hired they will bring the completed employment forms along with the necessary forms of identification to Human Resources. Review the Paperwork How-To Video for more information.

International students should contact the Global Engagement Office at geo@samford.edu or 205.726.2741 regarding federal regulations for on-campus employment. If they are given authorization to work on campus, they should send an email to studentjobs@samford.edu with the name of the supervisor and/or department where they’ve been hired before completing any paperwork.

Federal Work Study

Students must work with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if they qualify for the FWS program. Learn more about FWS or search open FWS positions.

Institutional Student Employment Program

If you do not qualify for the Federal Work Study program, you may still be able to find on-campus employment through Samford’s Institutional Student Employment Program.

I’ve Found A Job, What’s Next?

After you have been offered a student job, you should review the Paperwork How-To Video for instructions on how to complete the employment process so you may begin working. Bring the completed forms along with the appropriate documents for the I-9 and your banking information to the Human Resources department on the third floor of Samford Hall.

What should I bring to Human Resources?

  • Completed Student Employment Paperwork
  • Original, unexpired documents for the I-9 form. No scans, copies or faxes can be used. The complete list of acceptable documents is included on this website but some examples of commonly used documents for the I-9 are:
    • Unexpired U.S. Passport OR
    • Unexpired Driver’s License AND original U.S. Social Security Card OR
    • Unexpired Driver’s License AND original/certified Birth Certificate
  • A voided check or document from your bank with the routing and account information to participate in direct deposit.

Obtain a Student Employment Authorization Card

After completing all requirements for student employment, you will receive a Student Employment Authorization Card as confirmation that you are eligible to begin working. No one should allow a student to perform any type of work without seeing their card. Show this card to your supervisor and begin work.

Federal Work Study Information

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a form of federal aid which allows undergraduate and graduate students to work through student employment and earn money to help pay for education expenses. Financial need and eligibility for FWS is determined through completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students must work with the Office of Financial Aid to determine whether or not they qualify for the FWS program.

Student employees earning FWS funds will be paid hourly and through Samford student payroll on a biweekly basis. Information regarding a FWS award, earnings, and remaining balance can be found on the SU Portal.

Federal Work Study (On-Campus)

Students may contact employers about on-campus jobs directly or search a list of available on campus positions with job description, job requirements and contact information. Most jobs for the fall semester will be listed by August.

Federal Work Study (Off-Campus)

Students who are eligible for FWS also have the option of finding employment through the FWS Community Work Service Program. This program allows students to work for a local nonprofit organization or public agency, or as a reading/math tutor for local elementary schools through the America Reads and America Counts Programs while utilizing their FWS award. Possible opportunities may be viewed on the Agency List. Students interested in working through this program should contact the Office of Financial Aid at ofa@samford.edu, 800-888-7245 or 205-726-2905.

Student Employment Information

Student Employment Forms

After you have been offered a student job, you should review the Paperwork How-To Video for instructions on how to complete the employment process so you may begin working. Bring the completed forms along with the appropriate documents for the I-9 and your banking information to the human resources department on the third floor of Samford Hall.

International students should contact the Global Engagement Office at geo@samford.edu or 205.726.2741 regarding federal regulations for on-campus employment. If they are given authorization to work on campus, they should send an email to studentjobs@samford.edu with the name of the supervisor and/or department where they’ve been hired before completing any paperwork.

Paperwork How-To Video

After you have been offered a student job, you should review the Paperwork How-To Video for instructions on how to complete the employment process so you may begin working.

Federal Work Study Positions Institutional Employment Positions