Student Employment

Opportunities to work while you are a student at the University are plentiful and diverse. In fact, the University usually has more job vacancies than applicants. 

Student Employment is a form of financial aid, with programs to help you find a job that best fits your needs. If you don’t find answers to your questions below, please email or call our office:

Student Employment Programs

Am I Eligible for a Student Job?

As a University of Minnesota student you are eligible for student jobs if you are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program and you meet the registration requirements.

What Do I Need to Start Working?

If you work at the U, you must fill out the I-9 form and provide documents to show that you are eligible for employment on or before your first day of work for pay. You need to complete this step to keep working at the U.

Start your Day One right and come prepared. This government web page shows what documents you may need to bring to your first day of work. Your employer will also work with you to explain the I-9 process. The federal government requires original documents; photocopies cannot be accepted for the I-9.

If you have questions, email or call the OHR Contact Center (, 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363).

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How Can I Find a Job?

Student jobs at the University are posted on our student job search page.  For tips on applying and interviewing, see Find a Student Job

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How Much Will I Be Paid?

All on-campus student employees must be paid at least $9.65 an hour. Many student jobs on campus pay more than the $9.65 minimum wage. Review the average student wages by job family and job code.

Students assigned to work shifts of six hours or more that begin before 6:00 a.m. or begin or end after 7:00 p.m. receive a shift differential of an extra 60 cents an hour.


Your earnings as a student employee may be exempt from FICA withholding.

If you’re a resident of Wisconsin, Michigan, or North Dakota, be aware of the income tax reciprocity agreements with these states.

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When Can I Work?

Depending on your student and registration status, you may not be able to work before or after certain dates. See this chart on Student Employment Begin and End Dates.

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What Is Work-Study?

Work-study is a state and federally funded program that supports part-time employment for undergraduate and graduate students who need the earnings to help meet the costs of attending college.

The work-study application and award process is part of the financial aid package. If you applied for financial aid, you should have received a Financial Aid Award Notice (FAAN) indicating if you were awarded financial aid. You must reply to the FAAN and accept the work-study award to be eligible for work-study employment.

Answers to other questions about applying for work-study can be found on the Student Finances website.

Work-Study Deadlines

Work dates are determined by your work-study award period and registration status. You must stop work immediately when you reach your total award unless your department decides to continue to fund your position as regular student employment. Your award may be canceled if you are not employed after a certain amount of time, in order for unused funds to be awarded to another student. If you begin school in the fall semester, plan to get a work-study position by October 31. For questions about your work-study award, call the Office of Student Finance at 612-624-1878.

Work-Study Pay

You receive your work-study award through your work-study job in the form of a paycheck distributed every two weeks.

You may earn up to the total amount of your work-study award in gross pay. Each pay period, your gross earnings will be subtracted from your total work-study award until your work-study award is depleted.

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Student Employment Policies

These policies apply to students working in on-campus jobs. Students employed in off-campus positions are subject to the rules and policies of the company they work for.


Compensation and Classification



Workplace Rules

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