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Employment Opportunities for College Students

When grants, loans, and scholarships are not enough to cover the cost of a college education, many students turn to employment on the college campus as a means of meeting that cost.  Many different options exist for student employment on campus.

These options include:

 

Federal Work Study

  • This option is determined by financial need of the student according to their FAFSA application.Deadlines are set by both the school and the state of residence.
  • Students have to be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen enrolled in an eligible school pursing a degree or certificate.
  • If awarded this, students are paid at least the federal minimum wage, and the maximum earnings can't exceed total cost of education, including financial aid already received.  

KHEAA Work Study

  • Have to be a Kentucky resident attending a participating school at least half-time.  Employment has to be career related, priority is given to undergraduate students.
  • If given this assignment, students are paid at least the federal minimum wage, and the maximum earnings can't exceed the total cost of education, including financial aid already received.
  • Have to contact the financial aid office at your respective school to see if you are eligible.

College or University-Based Employment

  • There are students that do not qualify for federal or KHEAA work study that work for various departments or organizations on the college or university campus.  These also help bridge the gap of rising college costs.
  • Many of these jobs pay at least the minimum wage or better, and also have to be enrolled at least half time in order to work on the campus.
  • These options include: housing and residence life, food services, tutoring, athletic events, bookstores, student technology labs, college/university libraries, and operational departments across the college campus (admissions, financial aid, orientation, community service are a few examples).
  • WKU, as an example, has a list of their biggest employers on campus. WKU Big Employers on Campus

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 Last Modified 9/24/14