Student Employment

Sinclair offers students part-time employment in Regular Wage or Federal Work-Study opportunities. Regular Student Employment is available to any eligible student. Students must have a Federal Work Study award to apply for work study positions. Students who do not have a Federal Work Study award may contact a financial aid representative to see if they qualify.

Working on campus will not only provide income; it will foster responsibility, encourage you to budget your time wisely, and offer opportunities for learning and skill development. Students who choose to work on campus appreciate the convenience of job locations and the opportunity to become better acquainted with faculty and staff. They also like the fact that college employers are understanding and flexible about academic demands.

Federal Work Study Program

Federal Work-Study is a federal financial aid program based on need determined from information you provide on the FAFSA. Many departments prefer to hire work-study students since the employee's wage is drawn from federal funds.

Note: Federal work-study earnings are not credited to your Student Bursar account. For more information, please visit the Federal work study page.

Regular Wage Employment

Regular wage employment is for students who want to work on campus but who are not eligible for federal work-study.

Comparison of Federal Work-Study and Regular Wage Employment
Type Federal Work-Study Program Regular Wage Employment
(Non Work-Study)
How much do I earn per hour? $8.15/hour $8.15/hour
Who is eligible? U.S. citizens or permanent residents demonstrating financial aid need as determined by the FAFSA All students
How do I apply? Submit the FAFSA and check with the Financial Aid & Scholarships office to see if you qualify for Federal Work-Study Apply directly to campus departments
Enrollment Requirements Must be a degree seeking student enrolled in at least 6 credit hours; audit classes do not count Must be a degree seeking student enrolled in at least 6 credit hours; audit classes do not count
Work Hours A student may never work more than 20 hours per week. A student may never work more than 20 hours per week.
Satisfactory Academic Progress? Must meet all requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by the Financial Aid & Scholarships office Not considered
When do I get paid? Pay checks are distributed on the 15th and 30/31st of the month Pay checks are distributed on the 15th and 30/31st of the month
Student Employee Responsibilities
  • Maintain required 6 credit hour enrollment
  • Report to work at the designated time, maintain efficient job performance
  • Maintain positive customer-centric attitude
  • Follow dress code of hiring office
  • Work no more than 20 hours per week during school semester
  • Notify supervisor if illness or circumstances will prevent you from attending work or leaving early. Any change in work schedule must be approved by a supervisor.
The Hiring Process
  1. Determine if you are eligible for Federal Work Study by visiting the Financial Aid & Scholarships office or submitting the Federal Work-Study Request Form. If you qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, you will likely qualify for Federal Work-Study. You may also qualify if you have been awarded a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan.
  2. Students can view available positions by logging into Joblink using "visitor" as the username and the password.
  3. Click "Job Search".
  4. Using the dropdown under "Position Type", select "Student Employment: Federal Work Study" AND/OR "Student Employment: Without Federal Work Study".
  5. After finding a position you have interest in, follow the prescribed method of application contained in the position description. Typically the process to apply requires the submission for a Student Employment Application. The application can be obtained online or in the Financial Aid & Scholarships office (Bldg. 10, Room 10324).
  6. After being interviewed and offered a position, the employer will complete the Intent to Hire form and submit it to the Financial Aid & Scholarships office.
  7. After submitting the Intent to Hire, a background check will be performed on the applicant by Human Resources. The background check takes approximately two weeks.
  8. Applicants who pass the background check will complete the Payroll Notification Packet that will be provided by the supervisor. The completed forms will be submitted to Human Resources for final processing. Additionally, students should review the Student Employee Handbook.
  9. Students must go through the hiring process annually. Federal Work-Study eligibility can change from year to year.
Termination of Employment

Student employment is "at will". In other words, student employees are free to quit whenever they wish and the college is not restricted from terminating a student employee at any time as well. Hiring managers should submit the Student Employment Termination Form to the Human Resources office.

Department Hiring Managers

In order to post a student employment position, Hiring Managers must complete and submit the Job Description Form and submit it to studentemployment@sinclair.edu. For questions, contact 937-512-2781.