The Pomona College Student Employment Program is a valuable part of the College experience. Not only is it a practical way for students to earn money to contribute toward their educational expenses, it also gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, time-management skills, and, in some situations, provide vital support to local, non-profit organizations.

The Office of Financial Aid partners with the Career Development Office (CDO) to establish jobs, both on and off campus, and to provide students with a wide range of employment opportunities. All students are welcome to apply for available positions posted on Handshake, our web-based employment system offered through the CDO.

Work Allotment

The Office of Financial Aid awards students a work allotment at the start of each academic year, regardless of financial need. Students may view their student work allotment information, including their allotment award amount and earnings-to-date, online at within the Financial Aid section of the Student Portal. You may use your work allotment for student employment offered on campus, and for a select few off-campus locations contracted through the Pomona College Student Employment program.

See How To Access Student Employment Information on the Portal [pdf] for additional guidance.

California State Minimum Wage

Typically, student employment positions are compensated at the California State Minimum Wage rate. Below is a timeline of the California State Minimum Wage incremental increase.

Effective Date Minimum Wage Rate of Pay
Current 2018 rate $11.00 per hour
January 1, 2019 $12.00 per hour
January 1, 2020 $13.00 per hour
January 1, 2021 $14.00 per hour
January 1, 2022 $15.00 per hour