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Student Employment / Work Study
A Brief Overview
Work Study is a financial aid program, offered to qualified students based on need levels determined by the FAFSA. It is assumed that wages earned under work study will be used for educational expenses. Work Study funds will not pay directly on to your student account; the employer will pay you directly. Work study can help you lower your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and retain eligibility for financial aid in future years; what you earn as Work Study will not be counted against you for financial aid purposes.
How to Find a Job
There are a number of good reasons why you should consider working while attending college:
If you are looking for work, being an SPU student is an advantage. Area employers like hiring SPU students because they have proven to be excellent employees. In addition, nearly one in five off-campus state work-study positions lead to permanent employment after graduation.
- A job may provide spending money.
- It may allow you to keep your loans to a minimum.
- It can give you excellent work experience to complement your education.
- You may also want to take advantage of job opportunities to explore career fields firsthand.
You will be surprised at how much you can earn during an academic year (an academic year is considered to be three quarters of 10 weeks each, totaling 30 weeks). If you work 13 hours per week at $9.25 an hour, you can earn about $3,600. Hours worked during vacation periods may provide additional income. To maximize earning potential, start your job search early.
Services for the job-seeking student can be found at Student Employment. This information is available for year-round opportunities, both on and off campus.
In addition to viewing the web page, students can attend a Job Fair held each year during the first week of Autumn Quarter. It is an opportunity to meet with on- and off-campus employers who are seeking to hire students. More details will be given during Orientation in September. Work-study-eligible students will also be sent an invitation in early September.
For assistance in navigating the student employment website, or for strategies for finding a job, contact the Student Employment Coordinator at 206-281-2047.
On-campus jobs are available to all students. After a student is hired, SFS determines whether the job should be classified as a federal work-study job or a non-work-study job.
Positions in the Campus Bookstore, Campus Dining, University Ministries, School of Theology, and ASSP are non-work-study positions.
On-campus student employees may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during academic breaks, as long as they intend to enroll at least half time when classes resume.
On-campus Job Prospects are listed on the SPU JobLink website. Before you may begin to work you must:
All forms are available in SFS or online, as linked above.
On-campus employment paychecks are prepared twice a month. Students are required to have paychecks directly deposited into a checking or savings account. You can complete an electronic direct-deposit setup online through Banner.
- Locate, apply and be hired for an on-campus job.
- Complete a Federal Employment Verification form (I-9) (PDF) here or in SFS, and bring proof of identification and authorization to work in the United States (i.e., original social security card and driverís license or original passport, etc). All acceptable documentation is outlined on the I-9 form.
- Complete a W-4 form (PDF).
Off-campus State Work Study (SWS) opportunities are listed on the SPU JobLink web page. You are eligible to pursue a job in this category only if your Offer of Financial Assistance indicates eligibility for work study, you are a Washington State resident and you do not have a declared major or minor in the School of Theology.
The amount you earn cannot exceed what you have been awarded. However, your employer has the option of keeping you as a regular employee once your work-study award is exhausted.
It may be possible to obtain an increase to your SWS award. Contact Student Employment regarding this possibility.
Prior to an interview, you must obtain a work referral from SFS stating your work-study eligibility amount. Autumn Quarter is the best time to secure a state work-study job.
Off-campus student employees may work up to 19 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during academic breaks, as long as they intend to enroll at least half time when classes resume.
Off-campus Community Service opportunities are listed at SPU JobLink. Community-service positions give you the opportunity to be involved in the local community, including working with at-risk youth, homeless persons, and the elderly.
You are eligible to pursue a job in this category only if your Offer of Financial Assistance indicates eligibility for work study. You must obtain a Community Service Work Referral, as well as complete a Federal Employment Verification form (I-9) (PDF) and W-4 form (PDF) in SFS.
Off-campus Non-Work-Study positions are also posted on SPU JobLink. The jobs listed are available to all SPU students, whether or not they have been awarded work study as a part of their financial assistance.
Summer Employment Opportunities for both on- and off-campus work programs are listed on the website. Work study is available off-campus during the summer through the state work study program. On-campus positions during the summer are not work-study eligible.
You may earn up to $3,000 working in the off-campus state work-study program during summer if the following is true:
- You are not enrolled at SPU during the summer.
- You will be attending SPU at least half time in the fall.
- You have a gross need of at least $3,000 as determined by the upcoming academic year FAFSA.
- You have completed all financial aid requirements for the upcoming academic year.
- You are a Washington State resident.
You may earn up to $2,400 working in the off-campus state work-study program during the summer if the following is true:
If you participate in this off-campus summer program, you are required to save 40 percent of your gross earnings. You may also be awarded summer work study if you are admitted to SPU, will be enrolled for six or more credits during Summer Session(s), and file a FAFSA.
- You have been awarded work study based on your summer-aid application.
- You are enrolled at least half time during the summer.
- You are a Washington state resident.
SPU applications for summer aid will be available in April. For specifics about student eligibility and procedures, contact SFS.
Last Updated: 10/16/2013