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.  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.

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.

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 Federal Work-Study appears on your Financial Aid Notification or on your myUCA Financial Aid portal, it is not a guarantee of employment, but rather an indicator that you are eligible to accept either an institutional or federal position on campus.
  • 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

Work-Study positions are extremely limited.  With only 13% of UCA students being able to work on campus, you need to have realistic expectations.

Help is available.  The UCA Career Services Office uses Handshake as an employment search tool for both on campus and off campus job search.  Visit to create your account and begin viewing part-time, internship on and off campus positions.




Work Study Employment Terms & Conditions

  • A student may work no more than 1,500 hours in a year (July 1 through June 30)
  • A student may not work during a scheduled class time.
  • You must be present for work during your scheduled times and report time worked accurately and promptly as required by the Department of Human Resources.
  • Students should not expect to be able or allowed to study while at work. This will vary depending on the specific job.
  • Student workers must complete all necessary forms required by the hiring department and the Department of Human Resources before  beginning to work.
  • Effective March 1, 2010, UCA implemented Arkansas Code 21-5-109 requiring direct deposit as a condition of employment.  The Direct Deposit policy includes part-time employees, graduate assistants, and student workers.

**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.