Student Employment

Student employment is program which allows students to work part time to earn money while in school. The hourly rate of pay is minimum wage for most positions and greater for some positions. It is the student's responsibility to seek out, apply to, and secure a position - the financial aid department cannot do this for you.

Your earnings will never be automatically applied toward your student account. Payment will either be applied to your bank account via direct deposit (if set up by the student) or a paper check will be mailed to the address we have on file for the student.  All Federal and University student employees are paid bi-weekly.  Graduate Assistants are paid monthly. 

On-campus employment through any of these programs is not guaranteed. All student employees are required to perform their duties in a satisfactory manner.  They are to follow their work schedule diligently and they should be prompt and regular in attendance.  Departments arrange the job to accommodate students' class schedule.

Student and Graduate Assistantship employment is at will

and may be terminated at any time without cause.

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Federal Student Employment Work-study Program (FWSP)

The Federal Student Employment Work-study Program (FWSP) offers on-campus employment to eligible students who meet a federal needs test as determined from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount of hours you are allowed to work each week is determined by your eligibility on your FAFSA. Once you are awarded federal work-study, you may apply for a position on campus. You are encouraged to seek employment in community services, service to students with disabilities, and in activities in which students serve as mentors.

University Student Employment Program

The University Student Employment Program offers jobs to students who are enrolled at least half time and who normally do not qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program. On-campus employment through either program is not guaranteed. The amount of hours eligible to work is determined by the hiring department.

Graduate Assistantship Program

The Graduate Assistantship Program offers work to qualified graduate students. Contact the department head in your graduate field for more information.

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