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Student Employment (Federal & Institutional)

UCA Student employment, otherwise known as work-study, provides approximately 13% of UCA students with the opportunity to work on campus. Work-Study is a great opportunity to obtain work experience, connect with peers and mentors while earning money to help with school expenses. Students work before or after class, sometimes evenings or weekends depending upon the position, and are paid at least minimum wage for the work they perform.

Federal vs. Institutional Work-Study
  • Federal Work-Study:  A need-based program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required before the Financial Aid Office may determine your eligibility.  If you completed a FAFSA and are interested in obtaining a federal work study position, email the Financial Aid Office to confirm if you are eligible. You can use the response email if supervisors need confirmation of your eligibility.
  • Institutional Work-Study:  These positions are based simply on the availability of funds in each department and do not depend on any financial need.  Students qualifying for Federal Work Study can also be hired and paid out of institutional funds at the department’s discretion.
Finding a Position

As mentioned, work-study positions are extremely limited. Students are not placed in jobs. Instead, students interested in working on campus must apply for positions, much as you would for any position in your hometown. Help is available.

Departments will typically set up an interview and will request that you complete a job application and/or submit a resume. In addition, they will provide you a job description so that you understand the requirements and expectations of the position.

Completing the Hiring Process

Once you are offered the position, your new supervisor will guide you through the hiring process including collecting required hiring documentation and forms. Once all paperwork is submitted to the hiring supervisor, reviewed and you are officially hired, you may begin to work and you will be paid for the hours you work by submitting time sheets twice a month. Your supervisor will show you how to log in and submitted your electronic time sheets.

Expectations of the Student Employee:
  • Students must complete all required hiring forms and submit them to their supervisor prior to beginning work.
  • Students must be enrolled and attending classes at UCA when working during the fall and/or spring terms. Some exceptions to enrollment apply to summer.
  • Students may work no more than 1,500 hours in a year (July 1 through June 30).
  • Students may not work during a scheduled class time/meeting.
  • Students are expected to maintain their agreed upon work schedule and complete time sheets accurately and promptly.
  • Arkansas Code 21-5-109 requires direct deposit as a condition of employment. The Direct Deposit policy includes part-time employees, graduate assistants, and student workers.
Potential Earnings:

The chart below provides an estimate of the amount you may be able to earn based on the position you accept, the number of hours you work and if accepting a federal work study position, the amount you are eligible to earn based on your federal aid application.

**Please note that the 20 hour rule (while enrolled) for International Students is still in place.  This is a federal law and not complying could result in the student losing their visa status.