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On-Campus Employers

The Office of Student Employment gives you the tools you need to create a productive, meaningful and vibrant work environment for DU student employees. Post your positions and access student applications through our online job board, and find all the information you need to hire a student.

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Information for New Supervisors

If you would like to hire a student employee but are new to the process, we're here to help! There are two ways to hire a part-time student: through the work-study program and through the non-benefited hire process.

Work-Study Program:

Work-study is a type of need-based financial aid award that allows students to work on-campus to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. Only students who have work-study included in their financial aid package can apply for a work-study position. Wages for these positions are primarily paid through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, with a small portion matched by the University.

If you're interested in hiring a work-study student, we highly recommend that you attend a work award training before continuing with the steps below. This training—led by staff from DU Student Employment, Shared Services and IT—provides much more information about the work-study program and the process for hiring a student. Training sessions are held multiple times throughout the year.

To view and register for an upcoming training, go to the Employee tab of PioneerWeb and click on the "Banner Applications" link in the Training section. Search for the "Banner Financial Aid Work Award Training."


Post Your Position to the Student Employment Job Board:

All part-time student positions can be posted to our job board (work-study positions must be posted). To post your position and collect applications:

  1. Request access to the job board. You'll receive an email from our office within 48 hours when your account is active.
  2. Log in to your account and click "Add a new Job."
  3. Select the type of position you'd like to post.
  4. Enter all of the information for the job and submit. We'll email you within 1-2 business days when your position is posted.
A few notes about posting a job:
  • Use our job grade classification worksheet to help you determine the appropriate pay rate.
  • The answer to the "Community Service?" question for most on-campus positions is "No." Community Service positions are typically reserved for off-campus, nonprofit organizations who have entered into a contract with us to hire work-study students.
  • If you wish to collect online applications for your position (recommended), be sure to answer "Yes" to that question on the job profile form. You'll then be taken to the application page where you can add your own personalized questions for the applicant. Every time a student applies to your job, you'll receive an email.
  • You must have a position description stored in the job board to hire a work-study student.

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Hire a Student

Before you can submit a hire request, you need to obtain the appropriate Banner authorization for both Financial Aid and Human Resources/Payroll.

Students should not begin working until the entire hiring process has been completed.

  • Steps to Hire a Work-Study Student
    1. Verify that the student has work-study by reviewing the RZIWORK screen in Banner. If you aren't sure, feel free to contact us.
    2. Submit a background check request, if necessary. Each student must pass a background check to be hired by DU. If it's been 120 days or less since the student last worked at DU, no background check is needed. To submit a background check request:
      1. Go to the Employee tab of PioneerWeb.
      2. In the Administrative Processes box, select Employment Actions -> Hiring -> Non-Benefited Hiring -> Non-Benefited Background Check Request.
        (If you don't have Hire Right access, contact Shared Services.)
    3. Once you receive confirmation that the background check is complete and the student is ok to hire, submit the online hiring request:
      1. Go to the Employee tab of PioneerWeb
      2. In the Administrative Processes box, select Employment Actions -> Hiring -> Non-Benefited Hiring -> Work Award Hire.
      3. In the "Job Description" section of the hiring request, you need to copy and paste the entire approved job description from the job board. This is required for audit purposes.
    4. If the student is a new employee at DU, he or she will need to complete the I-9 and W-4 forms with Shared Services, as well as the Affirmation Statement through PioneerWeb.

    > Work-Study Hiring Checklist

  • Steps to Hire a Non-Benefited Student Employee
    1. Submit a background check request, if necessary. Each student must pass a background check to be hired by DU. If it has been 120 days or less since the student last worked at DU, no background check is needed. To submit a background check request:
      1. Go to the Employee tab of PioneerWeb.
      2. In the Administrative Processes box, select Employment Actions -> Hiring -> Non-Benefited Hiring -> Non-Benefited Background Check Request.
        (If you don't have Hire Right access, contact Shared Services.)
    2. Once you receive confirmation that the background check is complete and the student is ok to hire, submit the online hiring request:
      1. Go to the Employee tab of PioneerWeb
      2. In the Administrative Processes box, select Employment Actions -> Hiring -> Non-Benefited Hiring -> Non-Benefited Staff Hire.
    3. If the student is a new employee at DU, he or she will need to complete the I-9 and W-4 forms with Shared Services, as well as the Affirmation Statement through PioneerWeb.

    For more information about submitting a background check and the non-benefited hire request, review the Tool Kit.

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2018-19 Important Work-Study Dates

  • July 1, 2018 - Deadline to accept work-study in PioneerWeb for 2018-19
  • July 1, 2018 - First day to submit hiring requests for 2018-19 work-study employees
  • July 9, 2018 - First day students with 2018-19 work-study can begin working
  • October 19, 2018 - Deadline to secure a work-study position
  • January 1, 2019 - Deadline to secure a work-study position for students studying abroad in the fall quarter
  • May 19, 2019 - Last day law students can work for 2018-19
  • June 8, 2019 - Last day undergraduate and graduate students can work for 2018-19

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I already have a student I want to hire and don't need to recruit. Do I have to post the job anyway?

    For work-study positions, there must be an approved job description in the job board for audit purposes. However, it doesn't need to be posted for students to see. When you are on step 3 of submitting a job description, you can choose "put it in storage for me" when answering the question "Do you want the job listed immediately after it's approved?" This will keep the position in the system, but it will not be posted for other students to see. If you change your mind later, you can always log in and change the status to listed.

    For non-benefited positions, you don't need a job description listed in the job board.

  • I'm hiring the same work-study employee as last year. Do I need to submit another background check?

    Probably not. If the student was previously employed at DU within the last 120 days, another background check is not required. However, you must still submit the hiring request through PioneerWeb in order to hire the student.

  • How many hours per week can a student work?

    While there isn't a limit to the number of hours a student can work per week, we don't recommend that students enrolled full time work more than 20 hours per week. However, work-study funds cannot be used to pay for overtime hours. Wages for hours worked over 40 hours per week must be paid out of departmental funds.

  • Can students work during University breaks?

    Yes. If the department is open and supervisors can approve time, students may work during breaks (this includes winter break, spring break, etc.). However, remember that work-study funds cannot be used to pay for overtime hours.

  • Is there a limit to how long a student can work?

    Yes. Work-study earnings are limited to the student's work-study award. For example, if a student's work-study award is $3,000, that's the maximum amount he or she can earn during that academic year. Be sure to factor that in when putting together your student's work schedule. You can monitor earnings through the Banner form RZIWORK.

    Non-benefited students can only work up to 1,000 hours per year.