Student Life

Hours Limitations

Student Employment Periods
Students are hired to work during two employment periods throughout the year – during the academic year and during the summer session.

  • Academic Year Employment: Begins the Sunday prior to the first day of the fall semester and ends the day before summer session starts, usually graduation day.
  • Summer Employment: Begins the first day of summer session and ends the Saturday before fall semester starts. 

Student employees are expected to work in the hiring office for the duration of the employment period, unless otherwise arranged with the supervisor.

Student Working Hour Limits
Student employees are always to be considered “students” first and “employees” second. Employers have a responsibility to assist student employees with balancing their academic, co-curricular, and other obligations. The following student working hour limits have been established to help students achieve balance, to provide as many opportunities to as many students as possible, and to make the best use of the Federal Work-Study and Campus Employment budgets.


Academic Year                       Summer & University Breaks            Funded by

10 hours/week; nonnegotiable        20 hours/week; nonnegotiable                FWS or CE


The student working hour limits apply to a student’s cumulative number of hours worked for all campus jobs regardless of the funding source.

  • International students are limited by their visas; hour limitations imposed by USCIS supersedes Marymount’s policy.

These limits do not apply to students employed as Graduate Assistants, i.e. those who receive tuition and a stipend in exchange for work performed. Graduate Assistants are not eligible to be hired under the Campus Employment program but may be hired under Federal Work-Study if a financial need exists as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Rest and Meal Breaks
Student employees are allowed a 15-minute break during a 4-hour shift and a 30-minute break during an 8-hour shift. Rest breaks may not be taken at the beginning or end of the shift and may not be carried over to another shift.