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Term-Time and Summer Employment

All students, regardless of their financial aid status, may work during the academic year—and in fact, around two-thirds of our students do. If you receive financial aid from Harvard, you will likely be expected to contribute to your education through employment. This may come in the form of term-time work expectation or as part of the Federal Work-Study Program.

Whatever your situation, the Student Employment Office is available to help you find work at University institutions, including libraries, museums, and cafeterias.

All jobs are posted on the website, and we usually have many more job listings than students looking for work. Listings do come and go quickly in the first weeks of the semester, however, so finding the right one can take time and persistence.

Federal Work-Study Program

When you apply for aid, your package will indicate your eligibility for the Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP). If you are eligible, you will be able to work in FWSP-designated jobs at the University. Our advisors will work with you to get you placed.

Term-Time Jobs

Unlike FWSP, which is awarded and requires special eligibility, “term-time work expectation” in your financial aid package represents the expectation that you will find work to help cover the cost of your education. Your term-time job is not designated by our office, but we can help you find opportunities for employment.

Your expected term-time work expectation is based on your working a reasonable number of hours during the semester—often around 8 to 12 hours per week.

Facts About Financial Aid


Amount that parents making less than $65,000 are expected to contribute.

Ninety percent of American families would pay the same or less to send their children to Harvard as they would a state school.


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