On-campus Employment – If You Plan to Work
Labor and immigration laws require employers to verify the nationality and eligibility to work for all employees. American citizens need only to show citizenship through a driver's license and social security card or a passport. If you expect to be employed by the university, you will need to bring the appropriate documents. International students will be able to apply for a social security card during Orientation. Human Resources lists student wage jobs year-round; Career Services also offers a number of tools to help students with job searches.
One of the most common sources of funding for graduate students is the graduate assistantship. Assistantships can be in support of administrative units, teaching, or research projects. You should check with your academic department to discuss the availability of assistantships and eligibility requirements. Assistantships that are open to all graduate students are advertised on the Graduate School’s GLC Weekly blog and corresponding listserv posting on Mondays (email@example.com).
Graduate students are encouraged to explore with Virginia Tech's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) all the funding options for which they may be eligible. Federal financial aid is restricted to U. S. citizens and resident aliens. Students who have applied for financial aid and then received an offer for an assistantship, scholarship, or fellowship must notify OSFA as soon as possible.
Other Financial Resources
Funding for graduate education may come from many sources and in many pieces. Students may receive funds for in-state or out-of-state tuition, for comprehensive fees, or as a salary stipend. They may be self-supporting, or receive loans for graduate study, or they may be fellowship or scholarship recipients. Our Current Funding Opportunities site provides resources to help you find funding from various sources.
Off Campus Employment
The Graduate School's Tax Information page includes general tax information for graduate students who receive funding of any kind from the university. The payroll office provides information about tax deductions in employee paychecks. Tax seminars are offered each spring to assist graduate students with tax filing, although these do not cover highly specialized individual assistance.
The Graduate School partners with the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council to offer you and your family employment opportunities. The Council is committed to engaging you in the local business community.