Student Employment

Student Help Employment

If you are not awarded federal or state work study on your financial aid award letter there are a limited number of positions available to students through various department on campus. Students seeking this employment should check online for open positions through Career Services. Demonstrated financial need is not required for these positions. 

Work Study (must be earned)

If you have been awarded work study in your award letter, you are eligible to work on campus or in certain nonprofit organizations or public agencies to earn the amount shown. Since there are limited positions, work study eligibility does not guarantee employment. When you find work study employment your working schedule will be arranged around your class schedule. Your award is made for school weeks only and does not include semester break or vacation employment. The average work study award is 8 - 10 hours per week, paying $9.50 per hour. Work study earnings are not credited to student accounts; students receive pay checks by direct deposit to their personal bank accounts for hours worked.

Minnesota State work study is funded by the State of Minnesota and is available only to Minnesota residents who show financial need. Federal work study is federally funded with the Financial Aid Office determining eligibility. Students who demonstrate financial need are allocated money to be earned while working on campus or in nonprofit organizations. Paychecks are issued every other Friday.

I am not interested in the work study I have been awarded, what should I do?

You may want to contact a financial aid counselor about using a student loan and/or a parent loan to provide assistance in place of work study. 

How do I locate a work study job?

A listing of available work study job openings can be found on the WSU Career Services website. When you log in for the first time, the username will be your StarID, and you will need to click "Forgot Password" to create a new password. Supervisors use the Warrior Jobs software to post job openings and define how they wish students to apply. Please read the job postings carefully. When you are hired to fill a work study position, your new supervisor will instruct you regarding the process to get onto the student payroll system. If you have never worked for WSU before, you will need to complete the hiring documents in the Warrior Hub prior to beginning work. More information regarding this process will be provided by your supervisor.

How and when will I be paid?

After you have been hired for a particular work study position and have completed the steps to be added to the student payroll system, you will arrange a work schedule with your new supervisor and be told how to use an electronic student time sheet. A student payroll period is two weeks long and begins on a Wednesday and ends on a Tuesday. You will enter hours into a time sheet as you work throughout the pay period. Time sheets are processed shortly after each pay period ends and payments are disbursed on Friday of the following week. You will receive your payroll payments, through direct deposit, into your personal bank account. It is important that you submit direct deposit information online as soon as you have secured a job.

What are my responsibilities?

Student employees are expected to report to work as scheduled and meet the expectations of the department or agency as explained by your supervisor. If you are ill and cannot work you must notify your supervisor. If you do not satisfactorily perform the duties assigned, your supervisor may ask you to find another work study position. If reassignment is not possible, your work study award may be cancelled. If you should find that you can no longer work, please give two weeks' notice to your work study supervisor and to the Financial Aid Office. It may be possible to take out student loans and/or parent loans in place of your work study awards.

What training will I receive?

You will be trained on the job by your work study supervisor or his or her designee.

For more information, please visit the WSU Student Employment website.