UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Student Employment

What is Work Study?

  • Work study is a financial aid award.
  • If you have submitted a FAFSA and "Federal Work Study" is listed on your award letter, you have the opportunity to apply for work study employment and earn up to the amount of work study awarded.
  • The work study award is not a guarantee of a job; you need to apply for jobs and complete any hiring processes that may be involved.
  • Once you are hired, a work schedule is developed with your employer to best fit your class schedule, possibly including nights and weekends.
  • A paycheck is disbursed (by direct deposit) every two weeks for the hours you work. You will receive bi-weekly electronic earnings statements via your UW-River Falls e-mail account.

What is Student Assistance?

  • Student Assistance is the other form of on-campus employment.
  • Any enrolled, degree-seeking student can work in a student assistant position, even if not awarded financial aid. The FAFSA submittal is not required to pursue this type of position.
  • Once you are hired, a work schedule is developed with your employer to best fit your class schedule, possibly including nights and weekends.
  • A paycheck is disbursed (by direct deposit) every two weeks for the hours you work. You will receive bi-weekly electronic earnings statements via your UW-River Falls e-mail account.

Tips for Obtaining an On-Campus Job

Welcome to UWRF! There are some great advantages to working on-campus, such as:
Accessibility: Getting to work is just a short distance, you won't need a car, unless you work at the Mann Valley Farm.
Flexibility:
Campus employers understand your first priority is being a student and will usually work around your class schedule and breaks, and may give you time off for class projects or trips with enough advance notice.
Connection: Campus employment can help with the adjustment to campus life by enabling you to make connections with other students/staff/faculty and boost your overall campus knowledge.

How do You Obtain an On-campus Position?

Find Out if You Qualify for Work Study
Work study dollars are awarded through a federal employment program on the basis of financial need. The first step to see if you will be awarded work study dollars is to complete and submit the FAFSA. The federal government will send your FAFSA application to UWRF. UWRF will then determine your eligibility for work study. The campus has a limited number of work study positions; therefore, receiving a work study award DOES NOT guarantee that you will have an on-campus job to earn the amount of money that you were awarded. However, having a work study award can be beneficial since some departments only hire students who have been approved for work study.

What if You Don't Qualify for Work Study?
Many UWRF departments are able to hire student employees who are not awarded work study by hiring them as "Student Assistants." Both work study and student assistant jobs generally pay the same and require the same skill set; the difference is how the positions are funded - for student assistance jobs, the departments pays all of a student's wage, meanwhile for work study jobs, the federal government pays a portion of the student's wage.

When Should I Begin Looking?
Start NOW. Do not wait until classes are in session since many positions will be filled by that time. If you don't get a position for the fall, don't give up. Many departments will also hire for spring semester or summer employment.

How Do I find Openings?
Hire-a-Falcon is our campus-wide electronic job posting system. It lists many on-campus student employment positions. Check the system daily for new job postings.

First Year Students: You can access the Hire-a-Falcon system 24 hours after enrolling in classes. Until then, please log-in as a Guest using the username "guest" and password "guest" by clicking the "Prospective Students" button.

Additional Tips to Find On-campus Employment
Network: Do you know anyone who currently holds an on-campus job? Ask them if their department is hiring.
Conduct Department Search: Call departments you are interested in applying to. Ask who hires students for that department and follow-up via email inquiring about openings.
Visit Departments in Person: Locate and stop into each department you are considering. Introduce yourself to the office manager and inquire about open positions.

Students:

Search for work study, student assistance, on-campus, and off-campus jobs: 

Hire-a-Falcon System

  • If you have a Work Study award, you can search for jobs under any Position Type.
  • If you do not have a Work Study award, you can search for jobs under any position Type except UWRF Work Study.


Employers & UWRF Departments:

To post an on-campus (work study or student assistance) or off-campus job, or to get more information on recruitment, click here.


Student Employment Documents: Student Payroll