Work Study and RISD Work Study programs are for students with financial need who must earn an
income to offset educational expenses. Over 1,300 RISD students, more than half
the student body, participate in the Work Study Program, which consists
of both Federal Work Study (FWS) or RISD Work Study (RWS) and is part of a
student’s financial aid package. While priority is given to financial aid recipients for on-campus
jobs, RISD also allows non-financial aid students to work, if there are jobs
left unfilled by work study students.
Work study jobs are available to
undergraduate and graduate students through the Financial Aid office (located in the Prov-Wash building at 20 Washington Place | call 401 454-6661 | email firstname.lastname@example.org). Work study offers five levels of hourly pay rates and students are paid bi-weekly.
Note: The Graduate Studies office is not able to provide information on the work study program. Please visit the Financial Aid office if you have questions.
All assistantships and fellowships originate from each graduate program and are assigned by the graduate program director.
Both on- and off-campus jobs are posted
on RISD’s Work Study website. Off-campus job listings include
community service opportunities at nonprofit agencies in the Providence metro
area; jobs in the local community (babysitter, waiter/waitress, retail sales,
lawn/garden, etc.) and professional opportunities such as freelance art and
To prove eligibility to work, students must
provide RISD with documentary evidence of identity (driver’s license, RISD ID or government photo ID)
and US citizenship (US passport, social security card or birth certificate with a
seal). Copies are not acceptable. You may request a duplicate of your social
security card from the Social Security Administration Office. If you plan to
work while at RISD, please bring the appropriate documentation with you.