Budget Cuts Might Hurt Student Jobs at Yale

School may reinstitute a hiring policy that gives preferential treatment based on financial aid.


The well-chronicled troubles weighing down the economy have hit colleges and universities across the country, even in the Ivy League. To stay financially afloat, many college students get part-time jobs. And if jobs off campus are scarce, work-study and other on-campus opportunities provide an employment safety net.

That may change at Yale, the Yale Daily News reports. Yale administration officials say there's a chance that they'll reinstate a preferential hiring policy that would ensure that students receiving financial aid get the best shot at on-campus work. If the number of financial-aid students without work surpasses 30—there are 10 now without work—the policy will be reinstituted, the report says. The policy was repealed almost 10 years ago.

"One of the consequences of the budget crisis has been that departments have been reducing the amount [of jobs] allotted to student workers in their budgets," Yale Director of Student Financial Services Caesar Storlazzi tells the Daily News.

Two of the 12 department heads contacted by the Daily News admitted that they had to cut back on student jobs. Compared with last year, jobs have been hard to come by in the 2009-2010 school year, Yale students tell the Daily News.

"It's so much tougher this year," says student Charlotte Wang. "You have to get started early, or you'll miss out."

The policy will not be enacted until next semester, and it may only last for a two-week period.

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