Student Employment Office (SEO) Information
The Student Employment Office (SEO) is a member of the Division of Enrollment and the Financial Aid Office. The SEO shares a suite with the Office of Career Services, and is located in Suite 210 of the University Center.
The Student Employment Office offers several programs to assist students with part-time and summer employment. The Director of Student Employment counsels incoming freshmen during orientation week as to the office's services. All students receive a letter during the summer informing them of any changes in the policies and procedures of the SEO.
One of the primary functions of the SEO is to administer the Federal Work-Study Program. The SEO also offers many other programs, which are described below.
- Student Employee/Customer Service Training—holds numerous training sessions each year. The training takes about 1½ hours to complete, and covers everything from telephone etiquette to time management. All student workers are encouraged to participate in this training.
- Supervisor/Customer Service Training—SEO holds Supervisor Training and Appreciation workshops for student worker supervisors. These workshops provide information and training in many areas, including hiring procedures and employment paperwork completion.
- Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)—this federally funded program promotes employment to help students meet their educational expenses. FWS eligibility is need based and is determined by the data on the student's FAFSA (financial aid application). Eligible students can work on-campus or in approved non-profit organizations off-campus.
America Reads & America Counts Programs—these programs, another part of the FWS program, provide opportunities to tutor families and children in the Greenville area. This program is only available to FWS students.
- Campus-Based Work Program—this program is completely funded by Furman University. The jobs available through this program have special requirements. While students who are not eligible for FWS may work on-campus, FWS students are given first priority for all on-campus jobs.
- Furman University Temporary Service—this program provides students access to temporary jobs on-campus. Students sign-up for the temporary service in the SEO.
- Summer Employment—the SEO maintains approximately 300 summer job files. These files are available for student use year round, and include camps and businesses from Greenville and many other areas across the country. The SEO also hosts a Summer Job Expo each year, usually in early March, to assist students with their summer job search.
- Job Location & Development (JLD) Program—this is a non-need based off-campus employment program open to all students. Local businesses, agencies, and individuals post part-time and summer jobs with the SEO through this program.
The SEO acts only as a posting service, and makes no particular recommendations regarding employers. We make no representations or guarantees about JLD positions listed in this office. The SEO is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. Due to the volume of jobs received by this office, we are unable to research the integrity of each organization or person that lists a job with us. Therefore, you are urged to undertake the responsibility yourself.
FWS Eligibility/Award—the amount of money you can earn in the FWS program. This amount is not paid to you as grants and scholarships are, and it is not applied to your tuition. Instead, this "award" represents the amount the federal government will contribute to your wages.
Financial Need—the difference between the total cost of your education and the amount of money you and your family are expected to contribute to those costs as a result of data on the FAFSA.
FAFSA—this form is used to apply for all federal aid, and must be completed yearly for a student to be considered for the FWS program.