Work-Study and Student Employment
One popular source of financial aid is student employment. Student employment includes
federal and state need-based work-study programs, no-need state work-study programs
and student-hourly employment, which is available to any student enrolled at least
half time, regardless of their financial aid eligibility.
Research shows that students who are employed for a reasonable number of hours per
week, while attending college, tend to get better grades because they are more organized
The Office of Student Employment at UNC is a part of the Office of Financial Aid and
serves students seeking employment on and off campus during the academic year and
Student Employee Handbook
- Need-Based Work-Study
Federal and state work-study programs are need-based aid programs that allow you to
work and earn money and may be included as part of the financial aid package that
you are awarded.
- Apply for work-study assistance by submitting the FAFSA by the March 1 priority date
each year and indicating that you are interested in work-study.
- Undergraduates must enroll for at least 12 credits; graduate students must enroll
for at least 5 credits.
- Undergraduates will be considered for state and federal work-study; graduates and
non-residents may only receive federal work-study.
- On-campus employers include but are not limited to:
- Michener Library
- Residence Life (Housing/Food Service)
- Facilities & Operations
- Academic/Administrative Offices
- Parking Services
- Campus Police
- Campus Recreation
- University Center
- Limited off-campus jobs are also available with the following nonprofit agencies:
- School District #6
- North Range Behavioral Health
- Union Colony Civic Center
- City of Greeley - Recreation Department
- City of Evans - Recreation Department
- Lutheran Family Services
- Greeley Museums
- High Plains Library
- Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
- Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado
- Your work-study allocation is the total dollar amount that you may earn during the
- A student employee may never exceed a 40-hour work week, even during periods of non-enrollment.
- Freshmen are advised to work between 10-12 hours a week their first year.
- Continuing students are advised not to work more than 20 hours per week when classes
are in session.
- A student employee must maintain good academic standing.
- Program funds are limited. Work-study awards (Offered or Accepted) may be canceled
if employment in a work-study position has not been secured prior to October 1. Student
with canceled funds may submit a request to the work-study waitlist to have have funds
reinstated, only if funding is available.
- No-Need Work-Study
To apply for no-need work-study, you must have completed the FAFSA and not qualify
for need-based financial assistance. This award is only for Colorado resident undergraduate
- To apply, you must submit the online waitlist request. This fund is not automatically
- To be eligible, you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and be in good academic
- The award will be reflected on your award letter via Ursa.
- Jobs must be on-campus.
- Student Non-Work-Study Employment
Any UNC student enrolled can seek student hourly employment on campus, regardless
of financial aid eligibility.
- To avoid paying into retirement and Medicare, undergraduate students are required
to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester and graduate students must
take 5 credit hours per term. Students enrolled less than half-time will need to contact
UNC’s Payroll Office to inquire about enrollment requirements in relation to paying
into retirement and Medicare.
- All student employees must obtain authorization from their employer before starting a job.
- Students attending classes on a part-time basis during spring semester, can be considered
for student employment for summer.
- Once a student graduates, employment for the next term is an option if the student
has been admitted to Graduate School, or another degree-granting program.
- Student Employee Wage Rates
No student may be paid less than the minimum wage, or more than the highest wage listed
- Minimum wage is $12.32 per hour as of January 1, 2021. This rate is used for new students
or students with little experience.
- Students may be paid any amount between $12.32 and $20.00 per hour.
- Higher wage scale should be used for Master/Doctorate students and students with a
high level of experience.
- Raises are at the discretion of the employer.
- Work-Study Waitlist
The work-study waitlist is for eligible students who did not receive work-study funds
on their award letter. The waitlist can also be used to request additional work-study
funds when a student has exceed their initial allocation.
Waitlist request will be reviewed beginning September 15 and are processed for eligible
students when funding becomes available.
Awards are made on a first-come, first-service basis, however priority may be given
to students who had work-study in the prior school year.
Awarding is based on allocation spending levels, and there is no guarantee students
on the waitlist will be awarded work-study funds.
Request for students who do not demonstrate financial need or those whose need has
already been met through other aid programs cannot be approved.
Duplicate requests will not be reviewed.
In additional to email notifications, status updates can be viewed in in Ursa on the
Financial Tab under outstanding requirements.
Student Employment Job Bank
The Student Employment and Center for Career Readiness offices have combined their
respective job banks in order to better streamline our services. This was done to
provide smoother and more efficient job searching capabilities for our students, and
productive job postings for our potential employers. As a student you will click on
the Student Job Search - Handshake link. For instructions on how to log in, click
on the "How do I Use Handshake?" link on the Center for Career Readiness webpage.
For potential employers, you will click on the Employers Posting Positions link below,
and choose the "Employers" bullet, then click on the "Post a Job or Internship" option.
For further information you may reach Center for Career Readiness at 970-351-2127,
or Student Employment at 970-351-2628.
During fall semester the Office of Student Employment hosts the UNC Job Fair at the
University Center. The Job Fair provides you with a chance to talk to employers in
one convenient location. Employers take applications and/or may hire that day for
work study and student hourly positions.
Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY)
Our student workers are a vital part of our university family. Each year we celebrate
their help and achievements during the 2nd week of April. This time each year is set
aside for campus employers to recognize and appreciate the contributions of their
student staff. See our Student Employee of the Year page for more information.
Students interested in Summer Employment opportunities should contact employers directly
about summer work opportunities. Individual departments pay students through hourly
budgets. Students interested in summer employment can find open positions at Handshake