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Students seeking on-campus employment need to complete the New Hire Paperwork, as well as uploading a current resume and cover letter to the Cardinal Career Network. We also have a list of the on-campus offices that employ students. 

Handbook on Types of Employment (PDF)
New Hire Paperwork
Resume & Cover Letter Guides
On-Campus Employment Offices

Types of Student Employment

Federal College Work-Study is a federal student employment program for students that have financial needs. Under this program, the federal government pays the majority of student wages and SVSU pays the remaining. Students are required to apply for financial assistance on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be obtained from the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid or completed on-line at Based on the student's financial need as ascertained by the FAFSA information, and availability of funds, students may be awarded work-study.

Regular Student Employment is funded entirely from the SVSU general fund. All students are eligible to earn RSE funding. Departments may choose to continue employing a student using RSE funds once they have earned their total work-study award and if the department has RSE funding available in their budget. The supervisor must advise the student to consult with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid before switching them to RSE, because earning RSE dollars may reduce the student's financial aid package the next year. If both the supervisor and student agree to switch to RSE, the supervisor must notify the Career Services office to change the student's award.

Student positions that are funded through grants must comply with all University policies and procedures for student employment. The grant position pay rate is the State of Michigan's minimum wage. In accordance with Federal regulations (A21), if the position requires a special rate due to the level of skill or complexity of work required by the employee, the rate must be approved by the Career Services office prior to hiring students. Additional information is available in the Career Services office.


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