How to Calculate the number of Hours per Week Students May Work
In order to figure out how many hours you should work a week you should do the following:
- Take your current Semester award and divide it by your rate of pay ($_______/hour).
- The result of this first calculation is the total amount of hours you should work for the entire semester.
- You should then divide the total hours by the number of weeks you are going to work in the semester.
There are a total of 16 weeks in the Fall Semester and 16 weeks in the Spring Semester (If you work during Spring Break, there are 17 weeks for the semester). If you plan on working during all 16 weeks divide the total number of hours by 16; if you are going to work 15 weeks, divide the total number of hours by 15; and so on.
- The result of this second calculation is the amount of hours you will be working a week. Please note that the results you obtain in this calculation may be off. For example, if you get that you will be working 13.787037 hours a week you should round off the amount to the nearest quarter hour. In this case, you should round off 13.787037 to 13.75 hours per week.
- To make sure that you will earn the amount awarded for the Semester, you should multiply the hours per week by the total number of weeks you plan to work. Then you should compare this result with the number of hours you should get (this was the first calculation). Make sure that this amount is also rounded off to the nearest quarter hour. If they are not the same, subtract them. The amount you get is the number of hours you either need to add somewhere along the semester or take away. For example, if the total number of hours you are to work a semester is 220.5 hours, then you should do the following:
13.75 x 16 (total number of weeks worked) = 220
220.5 (total number of hours to be worked in a semester) – 220 = 0.5 hours. Therefore, you should add a half hour of work wherever you feel it is convenient.
____________(Balance for Semester) ÷ ________(Rate of Pay) ÷ ______(weeks you will work) =
__________ hours per week you may work.