From faculty to orientations to mentor networks, programs and resources are readily available to help you thrive at Holy Cross.

Financial Resources 

The Holy Cross Student Emergency Aid Committee (SEAC) supports students who have extenuating financial requests that are not typically covered by traditional financial aid. For more information or to fill out an application please visit the SEAC Website or write to

HCF1RST Scholars First-Generation Student Organization

HCF1RST Scholars is a recognized student organization open to all first-generation students that serve as a resource for first-generation and/or low-income college students, to educate the community at large about these aspects of society, to promote inclusion between all economic groups, and finally, to help perpetuate “a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility,” as stated in the Holy Cross Mission Statement.

Visit the HCF1RST Scholars website.

HCF1RST Mentor Network

Faculty, staff, and community members in the HCF1RST Mentor Network are committed to supporting and encouraging you throughout your journey on The Hill.

Take a look at some of the mentors and their words of encouragement by downloading a copy of the campaign.

HCF1RST Newsletter

Before the start of each academic year HCF1RST Scholars and the First-Generation Student Success Committee send a newsletter home to incoming first-year first-generation students. The newsletter informs students about the student organization, a message from the class dean, and helpful notes on their transition to college. 

View a copy of the 2020 version of the newsletter. (PDF)

HCF1RST Contact and Social Media

Working on the Hill


Federal Work-Study is a federally subsidized employment program in which eligible students are placed in part-time jobs on campus. If you’re awarded a work-study authorization as part of your financial aid package, you could earn as much as $1,800 during your first year.

How Does It Work?

You’ll be paid directly on a weekly basis for the hours you’ve worked. These funds are not deposited in your student account to reduce direct charges, tuition, room and board or fees. They are intended to help defray your indirect costs, such as personal expenses, travel and books.

Although wages from work-study are not deductible from your semester bill, you may arrange with the Bursar to use weekly earnings in partial payment of direct semester charges. You may also arrange for your work-study wages to be deposited directly into your personal checking account.

First-year students eligible for Federal Work-Study are placed in Dining Services. However, upperclassmen may obtain a work-study position in any number of capacities across campus. All student employment opportunities are posted on the Human Resources website. There are also additional opportunities to work in off-campus community service jobs as approved by the Office of Government and Community Relations.

Government and Community Relations Work Study Positions

The Office of Government and Community Relations offers students a chance to serve through a paid internship.

The office provides students with real-world opportunities to live the Jesuit mission of service for and with others through its placement of students as interns or tutors with local organizations. The mission of each organization that we partner with is to better the community in some capacity — whether it be through food justice, voter engagement, ending poverty, access to and success in higher education, women’s health, or community engagement (to name just a few).

If you are looking for a job, and are work study eligible as determined by the Financial Aid office, Government and Community Relations may have the perfect position for you!