Work-Study Opportunities

Work-study is part-time employment on campus or off campus with a community service organization. Work-study enables students with financial need to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Work-study funding is subsidized by the federal government. 

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Contact Student Employment Services (SES) at 616-234-4170, to complete an application and review available job opportunities. SES will notify the Financial Aid Office and request the student's work-study eligibility be determined. Money earned through work-study is paid directly to the student bi-weekly. Rate of pay = $9.25/hour.

Student employment requirements:

  • Must be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credit hours for Fall/Winter semester(s) and regularly attending class. (Work-study funds are not available in the summer).
  • May work up to their awarded eligibility but not more than 28 hours per week.
  • Must be referred to all positions by contacting the Student Employment Services Office. Positions are limited and given to eligible students on a first come, first served basis.
  • Dropping below half-time enrollment will release you from the position immediately.
  • Cannot be scheduled to work during their scheduled class time.
  • Are expected to report to their work site at the assigned time.
  • Are expected to contact their supervisor if they want to quit working or are unable to report to work at their assigned time.

Work-study awards are based on remaining unmet need after grant eligibility has been determined.  Work-study awards may reduce or eliminate a student’s need for a loan under the Federal Direct Loan Program.