Types of Employment
The largest percentage of UNI student employment is departmentally funded. Approximately 75% of all on-campus positions are funded through departmental employment. This type of employment allows departments to hire UNI students and pay them from their departmental funds. Any UNI student working toward an undergarduate or graduate degree and enrolled at least half-time can be employed as a departmental student employee. Departmental student employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis.
On-Campus Work Study (Federal and UNI)
Work Study is awarded to students based on financial need (as determined on the FAFSA) and will display on the award notification if the student has been awarded. Once awarded, students may search the Online Job Board for work-study positions.
Work-study students are paid bi-weekly. All earning are paid directly to the student to use at their discretion.
Awarding a student Work Study one year does not guarantee they will have it the next. Due to limited funding, UNI advises for students to apply for financial aid as early in January as possible to be considered for Work Study the upcoming academic year.
Students not awarded Work Study may contact the Student Employment Office to be placed on a waiting list. If Work Study funds become available, these students will be given priority for receipt of these funds. Our office will contact students if they are awarded Work Study from the waiting list.
*Students on the waiting list who express interest in Community Service Learning jobs will be given priority for Federal Work Study funding.
Awarded based on financial need
|Any UNI student working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree and enrolled at least half-time is eligible for departmental employment|
Paid by the appropriate work study fund on a bi-weekly basis
|Paid by the employing department on a bi-weekly basis|
Minimum wage is $7.25
|Minimum wage is $7.25|
Earnings can be used at the student’s discretion
|Earnings can be used at the student’s discretion|
Off-Campus Work Study (Community Service Learning)
Community Service Learning (CSL) is a program which utilizes Federal Work Study funding to assist students and local non-profit organizations or specific tutoring programs during the fall and spring semesters (funding is not available during the summer). Students with Work Study eligibility may obtain practical experience through employment in their area of study while being paid. Students who have financial aid eligibility and are interested in Community Service should contact the UNI Financial Aid/Student Employment Office. Even if Work Study was not offered on a student’s Award Notification, additional Federal Work Study funding is available for this program. Please note that a student may only have one Work Study job (on or off campus) at one time.
Cooperative Education also may allow the student to receive credit for the work performed. If interested, contact the UNI CO-OP Education Director in Career Services.
Types of Community Service Learning:
• Off-Campus Community Service allows students to work for non-profit organizations in the Cedar Valley such as Day Care Centers, Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Correctional Facilities/Law Enforcement Centers, YMCA/YWCA, Mental Health Centers, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
• America Reads Community Service allows students to gain teaching experience by tutoring local elementary students in reading.