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Maximum Work Hours

Student employment should not interfere with students' educational goals. Students are not permitted to work during their scheduled classes or examinations. It is recommended that students not work more than 20 hours per week when classes are in session. A normal work week is 10 to 20 hours per week. Students are permitted to work multiple jobs, but the total number of hours from all jobs should not exceed these limits.

  • International students may not work more than 20 hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters when classes are in session. International students may not work more than 40 hours per week when classes are not in session during Fall and Spring semesters. International students can work up to 40 hours per week during the Summer semester.
  • All other students are encouraged not to work more than 20 hours per week when classes are in session and not more than 40 hours per week during breaks when classes are not in session.
  • Both student employees and supervisors should ensure that the student employee never exceeds 40 hours per week from all jobs worked at Western Illinois University. Student employees are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and must receive overtime pay if they work in excess of 40 hours per week. FSLA does not require overtime pay for work on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, or regular days of rest, nor does it require extra pay for night or weekend work. More information is available at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/wages/overtimepay.htm. Federal Work-Study funds will not be utilized to pay overtime.