International Student Employment

Federal immigration regulations limit employment for F-1 and J-1 students: the kind of employment, the number of hours per week and the periods of employment. You should verify that you have authorization before beginning in any form of employment.

International students cannot qualify for Federal Work Study (which may exclude them from Work Study ONLY positions), but are eligible for on-campus student employment.

Hours Per Week Limits:

  • 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  • The 20-hour/week limit applies to the total number of hours worked in a single workweek among all on-campus positions.
  • Full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during official school breaks: Fall break, Winter break, Spring break & Summer break.
    • Note: Block breaks are not considered official school breaks


 International Student Employment Packet


Social Security Application

After you've completed the appropriate hiring paperwork with Colorado College (click here) you must apply for a Social Security Number. You have 30 days after you start working to secure an appointment. Once you receive your Social Security Card in the mail, you must bring it to the Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment at your earliest convenience. If you do not apply or provide the card in a timely manner, your student employment may be terminated.

International students are permitted to continue working until their SSN has been received, so long as they have taken steps to complete the process.

You must contact ISSS to begin the process of applying for a SSN. The ISSS team will provide instructions and answer any questions you may have.

Currently, the Social Security office is open by appointment only. It may take some time waiting on the phone to secure an appointment, so call at your earliest convenience and expect a wait to speak to someone. 

For more information on applying for a SSN or other legal concerns, please visit the ISSS team HERE or email



Connect With Us

Location & Hours:

Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment
Spencer Center Room 134
830 N Tejon St.
*Entrance under the arched doorway

Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Hours may vary due to school breaks and holidays


Phone: (719) 389-6908

Mailing Address:
Colorado College 
Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment
14 East Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Report an issue - Last updated: 01/12/2022