Work-Study is a part-time job opportunity with the wages being used to help pay for college expenses. Students are awarded a work-study allocation which is the amount that they are able to earn throughout the academic year. A typical award is $3,000 a year with an average pay rate of $9.81/hour. Students are paid every other week by direct deposit to their personal bank accounts. It is recommended that a work-study job be located within the 1st four weeks of the term for which the award is made.
30% of student wages are paid from the employing department's account, and 70% are paid from the work-study account. Students must apply for and receive a work-study award from the Office of Financial Aid and then apply for open positions on RAMweb with approved employers.
Need-based work-study is awarded to degree-seeking students based upon documentation of financial need and the availability of funds. If eligible, students may receive work-study as part of their financial aid award. If not, students may request consideration for an award by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.
Funding sources include the Federal Work-Study Program and the State of Colorado Work-Study Program.
- Colorado need-based work-study is available to: 1st Bachelor's undergraduate Colorado residents only
- Federal need-based work-study is available to undergraduate and graduate resident & nonresident students.
As part of the Federal Work-Study Program, students have the option to participate in Community Service Work-Study, which provides opportunities for students to work in local community service agencies off-campus, or as Literacy/Math Tutors in local elementary schools.
The Non-Need Work-Study Program provides degree-seeking students without financial need an opportunity to be employed in work-study jobs. To receive the initial award, students must apply via RAMweb. Students who have work-study earnings one year should have it renewed for the next year. The Non-Need Work-Study has limited funding and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application is available in April for the following academic year.
Campus Student Hourly
Many student hourly positions are available to Colorado State students on campus. Any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled in at least 1 credit and admitted to a degree-seeking program is eligible to work in a campus hourly employment position. These positions are funded by the University, and the employers are in campus departments and administrative areas. The average wage for campus employment is $10.93/hour. Position openings may be viewed on our electronic job board on RAMweb or employers may be contacted directly. Positions are available year round, with the majority being available at the beginning of fall term.
Hundreds of work opportunities are offered through our off-campus employment program. A great variety of openings for part-time positions may be viewed on our electronic job board on RAMweb. Seasonal and summer positions are also available. The average hourly rate for off-campus jobs is $10.53/hour.
A note about our off-campus job postings: Colorado State University Student Employment Services posts open positions for students for self-referral and makes no particular recommendations regarding employers. We make no representations or guarantees about positions listed. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of off-campus employment. Due to the volume of jobs received by this office, we are unable to confirm the integrity of each organization or person who lists a job with us. Therefore, you are urged to undertake the responsibility yourself.