Frequently asked questions
- Is there a difference between the Student Employment Office and Career Services?
Yes. Student Employment manages all on and off campus part time employment for students whereas Career Services manages full time job placement for graduates.
Are there any jobs on campus?
All on-campus jobs must, by law, be offered to federal work-study students however, there are a few jobs that can be offered to the rest of the student body. Those jobs, when they are available, are posted on this website under the Job Postings section.
Are there any off campus jobs?
All off campus jobs are posted twice a week on this website under the Job Postings section.
Can you help me find a job in my hometown?
The Student Employment Office would be happy to help you find summer employment in your hometown by conducting web searches and using Furman's extensive alumni network provided by the Career Services Office. Another great networking tool would be to join LinkedIn.com. [Need FU linkedin address]Furman alumni are listed there.
Do I need to fill out new employment paperwork every year?
No, employment forms remain in effect for the entire four years you are at Furman. If you have already filled them out, you don't need to again. Should you be a 5th year student, new paperwork IS required in order to obtain an on-campus job.
What internships are available?
Internships are handled by the Undergraduate Research and Internships Office located in Johns Hall, room 204. Please call to make an appointment at 864.294.3110.
Federal Work Study (FWS)/payroll FAQ
- How do I know if I am eligible for FWS?
To apply for the
FWS program, you must complete the FAFSA each year. Work-study is based
upon a student's financial need, and will appear on your financial aid
award notice if you are eligible. To check on your status, drop by the
Financial Aid Office in the Furman Administration Building, room 103 on
the end of Furman Hall.
What does the award amount mean?
The FWS amount that appears
on your financial aid award notice is an eligibility amount. This
amount will not be applied toward your tuition. Rather, the 'award'
represents the amount of FWS funds you are allowed to earn during the
What types of FWS jobs are available?
FWS eligible students
may choose from a variety of on and off campus jobs that include, but is
not limited to: clerical, tutoring, Help Desk assistant, laboratory
assistants, and many other positions.
- I am approved for FWS. How do I get a work-study job?
the beginning of fall term, work-study eligible students will receive
an email stating the location, day and time of the On-Campus Job Fair.
Please understand that being eligible for a FWS award does not guarantee
on-campus employment. You will be required to interview for any job you
are interested in applying for.
- How many hours per week may I work?
encouraged to work at most 10-12 hours per week. Upperclassmen may work
up to 20 hours per week as required by the job performed. During periods
when classes are not in session, students may work up to 40 hours per
week however; there is a limit on international students. Please inquire
at the Study Away and International Education Office.
How will I get paid?
Once your begin working, you will enter the hours you work online through MyFurman. Your supervisor will show you how to use the system or contact the SEO. Students are paid on a bi-weekly pay schedule.
Student pay checks are deposited directly into the student's bank
account. Students that have not established direct deposit will receive a
paper check in their campus mailbox until direct deposit can be
Do I have to start work fall term?
Some students want to
begin work as soon as they arrive at Furman, while other students want
more time to adjust to college life before getting a job. Whichever path
you choose, the Student Employment Office will make every effort to
help you find a job whenever you decide to work. Be aware, however, that
if you start working later in the year or work in a temporary position,
you may not earn the full amount of your reward.
- What are my responsibilities as an FWS employee?
your employer knows your primary concern at Furman is your studies, you
must also be a responsible employee. As such, you will be expected to
perform to the best of your ability, be punctual, dependable, and be
professional when at the work place. Read the complete guidelines.
What if a problem occurs between an employee and a supervisor?
Any problems that occur should be resolved between you and your
supervisor if at all possible. If such resolution is not possible, or if
the problem persists, the Coordinator of Student Employment should be
America Reads/America Counts Tutoring FAQ
Have more questions?
- What is the America Reads/America Counts Tutoring Program? The AR/AC Program was established by former President Clinton to provide resources needed to help every American Child to learn to read independently and well by the end of third grade, and to help every American Child to improve their math skills from kindergarten through ninth grade. Tutors wok one-on-one and in group settings with children in kindergarten through sixth grade. This program is only available to students that have federal work-study eligibility.
- How much can I earn? The FWS amount in your aid package is the allotment of money that you may earn during the academic year.
- How do I sign up for the program? At the beginning of the school year, all eligible students are emailed to inform them of the meeting has been schedule for sign-ups; the date and time will be included in the email. Representatives from our programs will be there to present their programs to you. The representatives will be from area elementary schools and YMCA programs.
- How do I schedule tutoring around my classes? You will tutor based on your class schedule and availability. Your tutoring schedule will be determined by you and the supervisor of the program you sign up for. You may tutor up to 10 hours per week; 20 hours in a two week period. (You may tutor 5 hours one week and 15 hours the next week as long as you do not go over 20 hours for the two week period.)
- What is the pay? The current pay rate is $8.00 per hour.
- How will I get to a program if I do not have a car? If you will need transportation, my office will provide you with a list of students (with their permission) who are willing to carpool and are assigned to the facility you are signed up for. It will be your responsibility to contact the students to schedule a ride based on both of your schedules and availability.
- How do I report the hours I have worked? Time cards for this program are not online. Paper time cards will be provided to you by the supervisor of the program. They will explain how to fill out the paper time card. Once you and the supervisor have filled out the time card and signed it, the card will need to be dropped off to the Student Employment Office.
- Is there a dress code? Yes, tutors follow the Greenville County Public Schools dress code; dressing in a professional manner at all time. Most preferred dress by tutors is jeans, T-shirt and tennis/running shoes (no flip-flops).
If you have questions about your financial aid package or work-study eligibility contact:
Financial Aid Office
Greenville, SC 29613
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
For questions regarding how the work-study program operates contact:
Student Employment Office
Financial Aid Office, Suite 103
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday