Tips for Finding a Position

Check out Handshake, the Division of Career Pathways’ comprehensive online career services platform.

After you apply for a job through Handshake, the hiring department will contact you for an interview.

Once hired, you'll need to complete the necessary paperwork with the hiring department.

Work the hours as scheduled with your employer. You will receive a paycheck every other week for the hours you work.

If you are already employed:

  • Ask your current employer or department if they have work-study positions available.
  • Inform the payroll coordinator in your department if you have a work-study award.
Many academic departments and administrative offices have positions available. If you are interested in a particular area, ask if they have work-study jobs available.

How Much Can I Work?

Based on an average three-quarter (10 weeks per quarter) work-study award of $1,500 at an hourly rate of $10.50, you may work an average of 4.8 hours per week to earn your full award.

The actual amount of hours worked per week may vary throughout the academic year according to your course load.

Terms of your Employment

You may begin your work-study employment on the first day of the Fall quarter.

Students can work up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session and can work up to 40 hours per week (the maximum) during vacation periods.

Hourly rates comply with minimum wage laws and vary depending on the type of work, your experience, and capabilities.  The rates are established by your hiring department.

Work-study is paid generally (after employment commences) bi-weekly in a check, which is available every other week in the employing department or, by direct deposit to your bank.

If you are terminated from your position for disciplinary reasons, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships may withdraw your work-study award.