Student Employment & Work Study: Questions & Answers

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Updated March 16, 2020

Question: Will I continue to be paid for non-work study student employment?

Answer: Non-federal work study student employees will be paid by the College based on projected earnings for the remainder of the semester. It is the College’s plan to process a one-time payment based on a student’s average earnings during the spring semester pay periods multiplied by the remaining bi-weekly pay periods in the academic year. We will be review each pay period to determine the typical work hours to ensure the most accurate average payroll. Projected earnings (inclusive of work study and non-work study) will be capped at the equivalent of 20 hours per week. We anticipate the lump sum payment to be released April 3rd.

Students who have not already done so should sign up for Payroll Direct Deposit and/or update their permanent address in Workday so that their payment reaches them in a timely manner.

Question: Will I be able to continue working? Will I be able to work remotely in a work-study or non-work-study job?

Answer: Students should not work for the remainder of the semester. The one-time payment you will receive is being made in lieu of any future wages that you could have earned. You may voluntarily choose to engage in research or other activities on your own time and for your own benefit during the remainder of the semester, but there is no expectation that you should be working. In any case, please observe all federal and state guidance about safety, social distancing and self-isolation.

Q.  Will I be able to receive my remaining work-study allocation?

Answer:  For students enrolled and actively working in a federal work-study position through Pitzer, the College will continue to pay federal work-study wages that you would have earned in an amount not to exceed your federal work-study allocation in your financial aid package. Please note that all colleges must adhere to US Department of Education (DOE) requirements regarding payment of such wages. The DOE is currently reviewing these requirements in light of the fact that, like Pitzer, many institutions are transitioning to a virtual environment for delivery of instruction for the remainder of the semester and students will be attending classes remotely. 

Students should have correctly submitted and approved all electronic time sheets by Friday, March 13, 2020. Students will receive their paycheck for hours worked on March 20, 2020.

It is the College’s plan to process a one-time payment based on a student’s average earnings during the spring semester pay periods multiplied by the remaining bi-weekly pay periods in the academic year. We will review each pay period to determine the typical work hours to ensure the most accurate average payroll. Projected earnings (inclusive of work study and non-work study) will be capped at the equivalent of 20 hours per week. The amount of the payment will not exceed your remaining unearned federal work-study allocation. We anticipate the lump sum payment to be released April 3rd.

Students who have not already done so should sign up for Payroll Direct Deposit and/or update their permanent address in Workday so that their payment reaches them in a timely manner.