The Student Employment program has a variety of opportunities and positions available to students. All Student Employment opportunities require the student to be enrolled as a full-time student during their employment, or if working during academic breaks, to be enrolled full-time for the following term.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study is a federally funded, need-based program that allows eligible students to work on college campuses at a reduced cost to the institution. Eligibility for Federal Work Study is determined by Financial Aid and awarded to students as part of their financial aid packages. This is the primary funding source for Urbana University’s Student Employment program.
To be eligible for Federal Financial Aid, students must:
- Be a United States citizen or permanent resident;
- Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and
- Demonstrate financial need according to a standard need-analysis methodology.
Questions about a student’s eligibility should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
As part of the Federal Work Study program, students may work at a community-based agency. These opportunities usually pay a higher wage rate than regular positions as they are an important part of the Student Employment program.
Urbana University supplements the Federal Work Study program by providing institutional funds to help cover areas where specific skills are required or where staffing is unable to be covered completely by Federal Work Study. Neither citizenship nor financial need is a factor in hiring for these positions, although the positions are extremely limited in number. International students on an F-1 Visa must work with the Office of International Studies in order to obtain a valid Social Security Number.
Summer Employment Program
Urbana University provides summer employment for a limited number of positions. In order to be eligible for Summer Employment, students must be registered for at least part-time summer hours (6 hours) or full-time for the following fall. Additionally, the student must complete the FAFSA by April 1 to be eligible. Summer employment is limited to 25 hours per week.
Other Employment Opportunities
Career Services maintains a list of local employers who regularly hire Urbana University students to fill part-time needs within their organizations. Many of these employers are in Urbana or within a 20-minute drive from campus and work well with student schedules. Contact Career Services for more information.