Employment While In College

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On-Campus Employment

Please review the University Rules (33.99.08.C1 and 33.99.08.C1.01) pertaining to student employment located on the University Rules website. Click here for more information.

  • Working on campus is just like working at any job, but you don’t have to leave campus to work. The money you earn does not get directly applied to your tuition.
  • Studies have consistently shown that students who work no more than 20 hours per week do better academically than students who do not work.
  • Departments on campus understand your role of student is important, and they won’t need you to work more than 20 hours/week.
  • Students can arrange their work schedule around their class schedule.
  • Additional time demands appear to force students to manage their time more efficiently, thus necessitating a higher commitment to study time by the student.
  • The ultimate advantage of a job on campus is that it affords students invaluable experience when preparing to enter the job market after graduation, not to mention the departmental and/or professional contacts that can be made.
  • The On Campus jobs are as diverse as the personnel needs of the University. Clerical assistants, data entry operators, photography technicians, artists and laboratory research assistants are but a few examples.
  • Student workers are only able to work 20 hours per week on campus (exceptions may be made by the department at busy times on a temporary basis).
  • Students who begin the job search early will have a broader range of jobs to choose from. With this in mind, students should begin their job search as early as possible.
  • New students at the university will have access to the job database three weeks before school starts
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Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a government subsidized student employment program designed to assist students in financing their post-secondary education. To be eligible for Work-Study, students must document financial need every year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

What are the benefits of Federal Work-Study Jobs?

  • Work-Study wages are not counted towards next year’s student contribution for financial aid.
  • Although the majority of WS positions are located on-campus, the program also offers a growing number of off-campus positions with employers/agencies approved to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • Community Service Work-Study is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others and earn your Work-Study (WS) award at the same time.

What if my financial aid award letter does not include a Work Study award?

  • Please see the Student Financial Aid office to determine if you have work study eligibility. Early in the semester they may be able to give you access to work-study.

What if I don’t get a Work-Study job?

  • If students are enrolled at least half-time and do not get a WS job within the first six weeks of the start of class, the Financial Aid office has the option to cancel their Federal Work-Study award for that semester. If your class schedule or other special circumstances prevent you from obtaining a WS job, contact the Financial Aid Office.
    • Note: The only way for students accepting their Work-Study (WS) award to receive the award amount is to get a job, work 12-20 hours per week, and earn it! Students are strongly encouraged to begin the job search early. Popular Work-Study positions are highly sought after and tend to be filled quickly.

Don’t qualify for Federal Work-Study?

  • There are still plenty of non-work-study and off campus part time jobs available in our database!

Get Started

  • View jobs you are interested in on line at your convince.
  • Come to Career Services (UC 304) for referrals for jobs you are interested in.
  • Your can get three referrals a day that provides you with the contact information and application instruction for the jobs you have selected.
  • Then contact the business or agency and schedule and interview.
  • When you are hired, contact Career Services and put your success story on line 

PLEASE NOTE: Students working on campus in a part time position are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, or medical and dental insurance through their job.

Off-Campus Employment


Part-time work is very important to your future career development, in addition to help you meet financial needs. Part-time work is a good way to try out a field that interests you before you graduate so you know what you’re getting into! Also, employers prefer hiring individuals with experience and a degree. The Student Employment Service can help you gain experience in your field of interest.

We recommend that you work 10-19 hours a week if possible as a student. It takes time to adjust to the stresses of University life. Working more than 20 hours and taking a full course load is extremely difficult. As a college student, your job is your education. It’s better to work a little and steadily, than be forced to take on more than you can handle because the bills are starting to pile up!


Full-time work is very important in meeting financial needs. Full-time work is a good way to try out a field that interests you before you graduate so you know what you’re getting into! Also, employers prefer hiring individuals with experience and a degree. The Student Employment Service can help you gain experience in your field of interest.

Even though we recommend that you work 10-19 hours a week as a student, there are important reasons you may need to work full-time. Working more than 30 hours and taking a full course load are extremely difficult. It is probably better for you to take 6-9 hours of courses, if you must work 40 or more hours. It’s better to take fewer courses than be forced to drop classes or make poorer grades than you are capable!