Eligibility for Student Employment
1. Citizenship Status
A. I-9 Requirement
All students seeking employment must comply with the Immigration Control and
Reform Act of 1986. This act requires all newly-hired employees of any organization
to document within 72 hours of employment their identity (state-issued driver's
license or I.D. card with a photograph) and citizenship status or work authorization
(birth certificate, original social security card, alien registration receipt card, or
certificate of citizenship or naturalization). A passport can be used to document both
identity and citizenship status. The prospective student employee and a
representative or designee of the University will complete the Employment Eligibility
Verification form (referred to as the I-9 form). Completion of the I-9 is mandatory
and must be done prior to the time a student starts work for the University. Failure to
comply with the I-9 requirement will result in the student's dismissal from
employment until the I-9 is completed.
B. International Students
1. Students with F-1 Visas
International students with F-1 Visas may work on-campus for a maximum of
twenty (20) hours per week when taking classes and up to forty (40) hours per
week during breaks between quarters and during one quarter of vacation time
each year. The employment must not interfere with the student's academic
progress and cannot displace a United States citizen. International students with
F-1 Visas can only be employed off-campus with prior permission from the
Immigration and Naturalization Service. The Office of International Student and
Faculty Services will assist students in submitting the necessary applications. The
Immigration and Naturalization Service will approve applications only after the
student can demonstrate unexpected financial difficulties that occurred after
2. Students with J-1 Visas
International students with J-1 Visas are eligible to work on or off-campus only
with the permission of the director of the Office of International Student and
Faculty Services or his/her designee. Grounds for permission are similar to those
for students with F-1 Visas.
2. Enrollment and Standing
A. Federal Work-Study (FWS) and PACE
In order to be eligible for FWS employment during the academic year, a student
must be enrolled in courses at Ohio University during the term he or she is
Students employed through PACE, which is only available to undergraduates, must also
FWS and PACE employees may only work during breaks with special permission
from the OSFAS (a written request must be made).
2. Student Hourly Employment (SHE)
In order to be eligible for student hourly employment at Ohio University, a student
1. Be enrolled for classes at Ohio University, Hocking College, another
post-secondary institution, or a secondary school, during the current semester,
immediately previous semester, or immediately upcoming semester(e.g., enrollment spring
semester allows work to continue through summersemester). Homeschooled students must
supply appropriate documentation.
NOTE: Continuing student employment for graduating students is limited to the following:
Continuation of work limited to:
End of Winter break
End of 1st Summer Session
1st Summer Session
End of 2nd Summer Session
2nd Summer Session or Full Summer Session
2. To be eligible for FICA exception, student hourly employees must be enrolled
half time. Hocking College (or any other non-Ohio University post-secondary
institution) and high school students are not eligible for FICA exemption.
3. To be eligible for OPERS exemption, undergraduate student hourly employees
must be enrolled for six (6) credit hours and graduate student hourly employees
must be enrolled for five (5) credit hours. Student employees from non-Ohio
University post-secondary institutions and high school students are not eligible
for OPERS exemption.
4. Be in good standing with Ohio University (including academic, disciplinary, and
5. Non-Ohio University students must provide verification of student status (e.g.
work permits for secondary students).