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Financial Aid

Student Employment

Merrimack College offers a wide variety of employment opportunities on and off campus through federal work-study and college employment programs.

Federal Work-Study

More commonly known as “work-study,” many people use this term as a catch-phrase for all student-employment programs. The Federal Work-Study Program is a government-funded program available to students who have completed the FAFSA application and have a financial need. Many departments on campus and some off-campus nonprofit organizations have access to these funds. 

Merrimack Employment

This program is for students who did not file the FAFSA and/or are not eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program. Students are paid through college funds. Most students work six to 10 hours per week, depending on their class schedule, at a minimum rate of $11 per hour. It is recommended that students do not exceed 20 hours per week.

Paid Community Service

Students who are eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program and  have an interest in working through a nonprofit agency should contact the O’Brien Center for Career Development. Transportation may be required. It is recommended that students do not exceed 20 hours per week.

Pay Schedule

Students are paid every two weeks through the Merrimack College payroll office, in Austin Hall. Direct deposit of student-employment earnings provide fast and secure payment to students.

How to Begin Your On-campus Job Search

All on- and off-campus work opportunities are listed on the Advantage system. In order to apply and be hired for a work position, a student must inquire through the Advantage system. Instructions for navigating Advantage are available on the O’Brien Center website.

Students will search for on-campus jobs via the Advantage website.

Once hired, a student will return to the Advantage system to download the necessary employment forms. Students must complete the I-9, W-4 and direct-deposit forms. The hiring supervisor will complete a Student Employment Authorization Request and provide it to the Office of Financial Aid to confirm work eligibility.

The student will take all forms (I-9, W-4 and direct deposit) to the payroll office in Austin Hall, along with an approved list of identification documents, i.e., photo ID, Social Security card.

Refer to the instructions for the I-9 form for a complete list of proper identification verification documents. Your information will be entered into the payroll system; after you begin working, you will be paid every two weeks through direct deposit.