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Time Entry (WFS)

Northwestern University hourly employees use a system called Workforce to log hours worked. Students who work at NU-Q will need to access the WFS website to log their hours in order to get paid.
Once a supervisor submits a new job request on the Student Employment app, students then receive an invitation for a Student Employment Training Canvas course. Students must complete the Canvas course prior to beginning their job.
If you are facing any difficulties with the Canvas course, reach out to Student Finance.


VPN is not required to access WFS.

Students should enter hours in WFS weekly and on time.  However, on an exceptional basis, students who were not able to enter their hours in WFS during the pay period must contact their supervisors to enter their missed hours. 

For more assistance and information on WFS, please visit the Northwestern's Timekeeping System webpage.

Important things to note:

  • If a student has multiple active jobs, the student is responsible in coordinating with their supervisors on a set number of hours to ensure they are not exceeding the 20-hour limit per week and the $4,000 per semester earnings cap.
  • All hours reported on WFS for any of the active jobs must not exceed 20 hours combined.
  • Overreporting of hours will result in a deduction from the student’s paycheck for the next pay period.
  • If a student has reported excessive hours and does not have any active jobs, repayment is expected in a timely manner to avoid registration and transcript holds. This can be arranged with Student Finance.
  • If you are facing difficulties identifying which job record number is associated with each job, please reach out to Student Finance.
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