Frequently Asked Questions For Work-Study Students

Are there advantages of working or especially working on-campus?

Research has consistently shown that students who combine part-time work (less than 20 hrs./wk.) with their college studies actually do better academically than those who do not work.  The decision to work, however, is an individual decision taking into account class load and other extracurricular activities and commitments.
For those who do choose part-time employment, the benefits are great. You will learn or perfect many transferable job skills such as time management skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, development of money management practices, development of leadership abilities, and gained networking opportunities.  In addition, part-time work experiences serve as resume building opportunities.
Advantages of working on-campus include flexibility in scheduling work hours around your academic and extracurricular commitments.  You will establish additional ties to the campus and have opportunities to forge new friendships through contact with your co-workers both student workers and permanent staff. Student employment affords you the chance to acquire a new perspective in your college experience with a feeling of having personally invested in your education and the mission of the institution.  Further, if you are Work-Study eligible, Work-Study award dollars earned are not counted as income when filing the FASFA for the subsequent year.

Regarding Federal Work-Study


What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study is federal need-based financial aid that pays students for working on-campus and occasionally off-campus.  This form of financial aid is contingent on the student working a federal Work-Study job.

How do I know if I am Work-Study eligible?

Federal Work-Study awards are part of your financial aid package and appear on your award letter. It is necessary to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for Work-Study.  

Are all jobs on campus Work-Study positions? 

All jobs on campus are open to Work-Study eligible students.  Students who do not have Work-Study may apply for jobs coded as open to non-Work-Study students or, in the case of students here on an F-1 Visa, exempt students.  Job postings will state whether the job is open to only Work-Study eligible students or non-work- study and exempt students also.  

If I work a Work-Study position, will my school account be credited?

All students who work on campus, including Work-Study eligible students, receive pay for the hours worked.  If you wish to apply your earnings to your account, you may make a payment at the Business Window.   


Regarding On-campus Jobs

What types of campus jobs are available?

On-campus opportunities include a variety of positions in almost every department, administrative office and auxiliary area.  Positions include clerical assistants, faculty assistants, grounds keeping staff, tutors, food service workers, lab assistants, housekeeping staff, barn & farm workers, note takers, library assistants, athletic assistants, university ambassadors, technology assistants, and security workers just to name a few.

What do campus jobs pay?

Most on-campus jobs pay the State of Ohio minimum wage.  A limited number of jobs that require specialized skills or greater responsibility may have a beginning pay which is slightly higher.

I am a student studying here on an F-1 Visa, do I have any restrictions for working on campus?

Students studying here on an F-1 Visa may not work more than a total of 20 hours per week during the academic term.  This is a combined total if more than one job is worked. A work-week is defined as Sunday-Saturday.  During official break periods of the University, F-1 students may work up to 29 hours per week, but never more than 29 hours.  Official break periods are defined as the Winter break starting in mid-December and lasting until the beginning of Spring semester in January; the one week of Spring break which is usually in early March; and Summer which begins when the Spring semester ends in early May until Fall semester begins approximately the third week of August.    

Finding On-Campus Employment


Will I be assigned a job upon beginning classes?

No.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete an application on the Student Employment C.A.$.H. Network. The C.A.S.H. Network is located on the Student Intranet accessed through myfindlay.  Once the application is processed by the Student Employment Office, the student must apply for specific jobs posted on the C.A.$.H.  Network.  Supervisors review the job applications they receive and make their selections.

 How do I find a Work-Study position or other part-time job?

 The Student Employment C.A.$.H. Network contains an on-line database of available part-time on and off-campus positions.  You may access these postings and the C.A.$.H. Network through the Student Intranet located on myfindlay.  The Office of Student Employment also hosts job fairs for students seeking off-campus part-time, summer or temporary employment.  Watch your UF email, the student employment web​site, Blackboard, campus bulletin boards, and campus TV.

How soon can I apply for a Fall on-campus position?

Fall semester positions begin to post on August 1.  At that time, students may visit the C.A.$.H. Network to complete an application, and begin to apply for posted positions.

How long will it take for me to get a job?

That is something that cannot be predicted.  Keep in mind, the more jobs you are willing to apply for, the greater your chances of quickly securing a job.  Keep your application current and include any and all work or volunteer experience.   It is highly suggested you upload a resume to compliment your application. Double check all spelling and grammar – it does make a difference!  It is important that you remain diligent in your job search.  Check the C.A.$.H. Network frequently (every 2-3 days) for newly added positions and continue to apply for all new positions you are qualified for until you secure a job.  

I’m not sure I want to work 1st Semester.  Does this mean I won’t be able to get a job until next year?

Some students may wish to get accustomed to campus life before making a commitment to working on-campus.  The largest number of on-campus openings does occur at the beginning of and early in the Fall semester.  However, jobs will post throughout the year as departments’ needs change and students graduate or leave positions.  Therefore, there is opportunity to find jobs all during the year.   

If I chose to wait until 2nd semester, when should I apply for on-campus jobs?

Positions posted at the beginning of the fall semester will require immediate occupancy. Therefore, if you are not interested in working until second semester, it is best to wait until mid October to submit your application, search for open positions, and apply to these positions. Positions for second semester usually begin posting late October/early November and will continue posting into second semester.  

How soon will I know if I am selected for a job?  

Each department has their own timeline for reviewing applications and hiring students.  Departments will contact students they are interested in using the contact information listed in your application.  If a job is still posted, the department has not completed the hiring process. If the posting no longer appears on the C.A.$.H. Network, the job has been filled.

May I talk with someone directly about a job?

Students are not permitted to solicit faculty and staff for jobs.  Abuse of this policy could result in revoked job search privileges. Students are to follow the application process on the C.A.$.H. Network only.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Student Employment at [email protected] or 419-434-5338.