Historically low student pay has risen in recent years

Student employment has been a way students can earn money on campus.

“I think here at Keene State, the hourly wages were on the low side,” Cathy Mullins, the director of Financial Aid said.

“When I got here a couple of years ago, I don’t think thye had been reviewed here for several years, so many of them were at minimum wage,” Mullins explained.

The New Hampshire minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, however now students can expect be payed higher for their work.

“Last year, we realized we had to review this and streamline it and increase the hourly rate of pay to students because that wasn’t the best hourly rate,” Mullins explained.

Mullins added that the Financial Aid office reviewed the on-campus jobs. “We tried to categorize them into three different levels.”

Level I jobs average between $8 and $9 an hour, Level II averages between $9 and $10 and Level III averages between $10 to $12 an hour.

“Depending on the position and level of responsibility that the student has really dictates where the WorkStudy supervisor or student supervisor would classify that job.

Jobs under the Level I include mailroom clerks, team managers and building monitors.

Level II jobs include Eco-Representatives, Projectionists and Group Fitness Instructors.

Level III jobs include Peer Advisors, Head Lab Monitors and Senior Eco-Reps.

Mullins also added that the Financial Aid office encourages supervisors to increase pay to incentivize students to come back each year.

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