Hiring Student Workers

Congratulations on choosing to positively impact a student. While the primary motivator for your student to find a job could be financial reasons as a supervisor you will be making a huge impact in their educational achievement. Most students spend 12-15 hours a week with all their professors combined and they spend that same amount of time with you in their job. With that in perspective, hiring a student worker also means that you have the opportunity to actively prepare and develop that student for their future career!



Searching for a Student Employee 

Equal Opportunity Employment

All on-campus departments can post positions for Grand Valley students (undergraduates and graduates) on the Student Employment Offices (SEO) LakerJobs.

Departments are strongly encouraged to post their positions through LakerJobs. According to the Administrative Manual of Grand Valley all personnel are responsible for "the enthusiastic application of all laws and regulations concerning fair employment practices, equal opportunity, etc., to all matters with respect to recruitment, appointment, assignment, and promotion of university's personnel. Matters of affirmative action are outlined in the "Affirmative Action Program" maintained in the affirmative action office."

In order to be in compliance with the Grand Valley policy and Federal law all students must receive fair employment practices and opportunity in regards to recruitment, appointment, and assignment which can occur if all open positions for student employees are posted through LakerJobs. 

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Types of Student Employees 

Options and advantages

What is the difference between "work study" and "student employment"? Nothing different from the applicant pool, but a difference to your budget. 

  • Work study is a federal program that subsidizes employer's part of the cost of paying student employees. The department will only be responsible for paying 30% of the students wage. This can allow more student worker's to be hired or reduce your current budget. Students qualify by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA) and demonstrating financial need. 
  • Student employment is considered a Grand Valley student employee. The department will be responsible for 100% of the student's wage. 

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Guidelines for Student Employment 

Policies and Standard Practices

  • Students may work as a student employee as long as they are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits. Enrollment is actively monitored and enrollment below minimum will result in termination as a student employee.
  • Students may work more than one job at a time.
  • Students are not eligible for paid sick, vacation, or personal time.
  • Students cannot work more than 25 hours per week while classes are in session.
  • Students can work up to 40 hours per week when classes are not in session.
  • If a student has accepted a work study award ALL positions will be work study positions until the student has exhausted their work study award.
  • Students can work up to 40 hours per week during the Spring/Summer as long as they plan to return during the subsequent fall semester.

Policies and Standard Practices for International Students

  • Students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents should check with the Padnos International Center prior to seeking employment.
  • Students are legally limited to working no more than 20 hours per week while enrolled during the academic year.
  • Students can work up to 40 hours per week during the Spring/Summer as long as they plan to return during the subsequent fall semester. 

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