Additional student worker guidance during COVID-19

Dear VCU student workers and federal work-study participants on the Monroe Park and Health Sciences campuses,  

I have good news to share. We had previously communicated that student worker payments would continue until April 17. With the extension of our campus closure to students through the end of the semester, university leadership has decided to extend the pay processes that began March 16 until May 9. 


  • Students who are part of the federal work-study program will be paid up to the amount of their award on the normal semi-monthly pay schedule.
  • Student workers (non-federal work-study) will have their payments continued through May 9.   
  • Payment is a calculated weekly rate based upon scheduled hours, as reflected in past earnings between January 13 and March 6. Payment continues on a semi-monthly basis. Payment is calculated by Payroll Services.
  • Some students whose work is being performed remotely, such as student tutors or help desk support, have been asked to continue working and are provided with premium pay (1.5 times your regular hourly rate). Supervisors have reached out to you if your work falls into this category. 

Thank you for your support and partnership as the COVID-19 situation evolves, particularly relative to practices you can implement, like social distancing. I hope that you are taking advantage of the available resources to ensure continuity of your VCU education. If you need additional support or have questions beyond those on the Keep on Learning site, complete the student support form. Complete the student referral form located on the Keep on Learning page, if you feel like another student needs support.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. For questions, review “student workers and federal work-study participants” dropdown box on the VCU HR COVID-19 FAQ page. If you have questions after reading this section, contact

Best wishes,

Cathleen C. Burke
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Virginia Commonwealth University

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