Student employment is an opportunity for students to work part time and earn wages to help pay for living expenses. Wages earned are paid directly to students biweekly via direct deposit.

There are two different kinds of student employment:

Work-study is a part-time job opportunity that allows students to earn money to help pay for their expenses. Students must be enrolled at least half time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program to be eligible. A typical annual work-study award at Colorado State University is $3,500 to $4,500 per academic year, with funding sources coming from the state, federal and institutional levels. At Colorado State University, we have two types of work-study: need-based work-study and no-need work-study (details below).

Need-Based Work-Study


Need-based work-study is awarded to degree-seeking students, enrolled at least part-time, based upon documentation of financial need and the availability of funds. Students must first have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility (additional documentation may be requested). If eligible, students may receive need-based work-study as part of their financial aid awards package; if not, students may request consideration for an award by completing the “Request Work-Study” option on their RAMweb available early May for the following academic year.

As part of the Federal Work-Study Program, students have the option to participate in Community Service Work-Study, which provides opportunities for students to work in local community service agencies off-campus, or as Literacy/Math Tutors in local elementary schools.

No-Need Work-Study


The no-need work-study program provides degree-seeking students without financial need an opportunity to be employed in work-study jobs. Students must be enrolled at least part-time and apply for  via the “Request Work-Study” application on RAMweb. The application will be available in the early part of May for the following academic year; applications may take up to 4 weeks to be reviewed. The type of work-study a student will receive is determined by fund requirements and availability. Funds are limited, and not all students will be eligible; thus, not all applications will result in an award.

Student hourly positions are available to Colorado State University students throughout campus. Any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled in at least 1 credit and admitted to a degree-seeking program is eligible to work in a campus hourly employment position. Graduate students who are “continuously registered” may be employed as student employees, but are subject to withholdings for the Student Employee Retirement Plan. These positions are funded by the University, and the employers are in campus departments and administrative areas.

There is a wide variety of positions, which can include, but are not limited to: computer lab assistant, childcare worker, research technician/assistant, food service worker, student paraprofessional, recreational sports worker, student staff assistant, tutor, as well as clerical and general labor position.

Important dates for work study (2021-2022)

Work Study jobs begin no earlier thanSaturday, 14-Aug-2021
Fall only awards must endFriday, 17-Dec-2021 (last day of fall term)
Spring only awards begin no earlier thanSaturday, 15-Jan-2022
All work-study employment endsFriday, 13-May-2022 (last day of the academic year/spring term)