Western offers three kinds of work-study positions: federal, state and institutional. Federal and state work-study are federally- and state-funded student employment programs that allow eligible students with financial need to work on campus. Western’s institutional work-study program is open to all students and is funded by the University. All work-study positions are available in a variety of settings with flexible hours.
All work-study programs allow students to work as many as 20 hours each week. Wages vary according to each position; however, most positions start at the federal minimum wage rate.
In order to determine eligibility for federal or state work-study positions, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Your Financial Aid award letter will indicate what type of work-study you have been awarded. If you have additional questions about this award, or if you wish to be placed on a waitlist to receive work-study funding, please contact Financial Aid.
If you are looking for a specific position or for career advising, please contact Western’s Career Services for assistance with resumes, cover letters or interviewing skills. They can also provide assistance with the graduate school application process.
Please view the following frequently asked questions regarding Western’s work-study programs:
How do I find a work-study job at Western?
To find a work-study position at Western, follow the steps below.
- Search Work-Study Job Listings, or contact a department directly to inquire about open work-study positions.
- Once you find a position that interests you, follow the instructions to apply. Students may be required to interview for a position, as they would with an off-campus job.
- Once you have completed your work-study contract, turn it in to Financial Aid, located in Taylor Hall 314.
- If you are a new student employee, you will need to provide your passport or an original copy of your social security card, birth certificate and your driver’s license as part of the verification process.
In order to determine your work-study status, you can find and print your contract by following these instructions:
- Log into your MyWestern account.
- Click on "Financial Aid."
- Click on "Eligibility."
- Select your current Academic Year, then click "Submit."
- Click on "Student Requirements."
- Click on your work-study contract to print.
The amount listed on the contract is the maximum that you are eligible to earn. The amount you actually earn during each pay period is determined by the number of hours worked in that pay period, up to the maximum number of hours allowed.
It is important to note that if you are awarded work-study on an "award letter," it does not guarantee that you will be placed in a job, or that you will earn the amount listed.
How will I be paid?
As an undergraduate, you will be paid hourly and on the last business day of each month. You may be paid with either a check or a direct-deposit into your checking account.
Can I work as much as I want?
No. The amount you earn may not exceed your total federal/state work-study award, nor may you work more than 20 hours per week if you are enrolled as a student at Western Colorado University.
What is the verification process required for work-study?
You will need to provide your original social security card, driver’s license, birth certificate or a passport. Student employees will also be required to complete a W-4 at the time of hire.
How do I enter my time online?
As a student worker, you are expected to manage your timesheets, located in your MyWestern account. You should review your hours at the end of every pay period. You can also use MyWestern to make adjustments to your time sheet. Please review these detailed instructions on how to manage your time card.
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