Information for Students

We're here to help you finance your education through employment. Our goal is to connect you to jobs that can complement and reinforce your educational and career goals. Working while taking classes not only provides you with a source of money but can also help you develop valuable workplace skills, master time management and build a list of good references.

 

Important Information about Work-Study for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Was work-study included on your financial aid offer for 2020-21? Here's what you need to know:

Accepting the Award:

In order to utilize work-study, you must accept your work-study award by July 15th through PioneerWeb or it will be cancelled. To do so:

  • Log into PioneerWeb and go to your Student tab.
  • Click on the "Accept/Decline Financial Aid" link in the Financial Aid Information box.
  • Choose the 2020-2021 Aid Year from the drop-down menu.
  • Go to the Terms and Conditions tab, read through, and click Accept.
  • Then go to the Accept Award Offer tab, choose Accept from the drop-down menu next to your work-study award, and submit.
Finding a Job:

Available work-study positions began to be posted in June through Pioneer Careers, and will continue to be posted daily throughout the summer. Students are not placed into work-study positions—you must find and apply for the job you want. To find and apply for a position:

  1. Log in to http://du.edu/pioneercareers using your PioneerWeb DU ID and password.
  2. On your homepage, select OCI and Job Listings.
  3. Under the "Type of Job" filter, select "Student Employment: On DU Campus" as the job type.
  4. To ensure a position you are viewing is work-study eligible, be sure the "Compensation" field in the post says "Work Study Required."
Completing the Hiring Process:

Once you find a position, your supervisor will initiate the hiring process. All student employees at DU must complete a background check—you'll receive an email with further instructions once a background check request has been submitted. (Most returning students will not have to complete the background check if it's been less than 120 days since they last worked at DU.)

After the background check is complete, you will need to complete an I-9 and W-4 form with Shared Services. When completing the I-9, you must provide proof of citizenship and show an original form of identification in person (photocopies will not be accepted). The most common acceptable citizenship identification documents include a U.S. Passport or a Driver's License and Social Security Card. See the full list of acceptable documents on page 3 of the I-9 form.

The earliest you can begin working using your 2020-21 work-study award is July 6th (as long as you're enrolled in fall classes).

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Find a Job

Career & Professional Development hosts a variety of part-time positions through Pioneer Careers, including work-study jobs, on-campus positions that don't require work-study, jobs in the Denver community, internships, and professional positions.

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  • Work-Study Positions

    Were you offered work-study as a part of your 2020-21 financial aid offer? Apply for a work-study position!

    Work-study is a type of need-based financial aid that allows U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens to work on campus or with an off-campus nonprofit organization to earn money to help pay for education expenses. Because work-study funding is limited, it's not available to all students. If you're eligible to apply for a work-study position, you'll see it listed on your financial aid offer. Both undergraduate and graduate students may be offered work-study.

    If you don't see this award included in your aid offer, contact us to be placed on the wait list. In the meantime, you can view and apply for any of the other on-campus or off-campus positions posted through Pioneer Careers.

    To search and apply for a work-study job:

    Available work-study positions began to be posted in June through Pioneer Careers, and will continue to be posted daily throughout the summer. Students are not placed into work-study positions—you must find and apply for the job you want. To find and apply for a position:

    1. Log in to http://du.edu/pioneercareers using your PioneerWeb DU ID and password.
    2. On your homepage, select OCI and Job Listings.
    3. Under the "Type of Job" filter, select "Student Employment: On DU Campus" as the job type.
    4. To ensure a position you are viewing is work-study eligible, be sure the "Compensation" field in the post says "Work Study Required."
  • Other On-Campus Positions

    Don't have work-study but would still like to work on campus? A number of departments offer part-time positions available to all students. These are all posted on Pioneer Careers. Positions are posted frequently, so check back often! To ensure a position you are viewing does not require work-study, be sure the "Compensation" field in the post does not say "Work Study Required."

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  • Off-Campus Positions

    Pioneer Careers also lists openings for off-campus positions in the DU and Denver area that are available to all students, regardless of financial need or work-study availability. Many of these positions are just minutes from the DU campus.

    (Note: Most international students have restrictions regarding where they are able to work. If you're an international student, check your employment eligibility, or contact International Student and Scholar Services for more information about work-related restrictions.)

    To find and apply for an off-campus position:

    1. Log in to http://du.edu/pioneercareers using your PioneerWeb DU ID and password.
    2. On your homepage, select OCI and Job Listings.
    3. Under the "Type of Job" filter, select "Student Employment: Off DU Campus" as the job type.

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    When searching for an off-campus position, beware of the following:

    • If there is not a company name or the email address does not match the company name
    • If someone offers to pay a large amount for almost no work
    • If someone offers you a job without ever interacting with you
    • If someone wants you to transfer money from one account to another
    • If someone offers to send you a check before you do any work
    • If someone asks you to give your credit card numbers, bank account information or copies of personal documents—but you get nothing in writing
    • If someone says you must send payment by wire service or courier
    • If someone offers you a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account; often for depositing checks or transferring money
    • If someone sends you an unexpectedly large check

Forms and Resources

  • Work-Study Separation Form
    Use this form if you'll be leaving your current work-study position.
  • Work-Study Award Increase Form
    Submit this form if you wish to increase your current work-study award.
  • Work-Study Handbook
    Learn about all the policies and procedures of the work-study program.
  • Career & Professional Development
    Get tips for writing your resume and cover letter, and help preparing for an interview.
  • IT Student Resources
    Find help and resources for your technology needs.

Upcoming Important Work-Study Dates

If you're a work-study student, be sure to pay attention to these dates:

  • July 6, 2020 - Earliest date students with a 2020-21 work-study award can begin working
  • July 15, 2020 - Deadline to accept work-study in PioneerWeb for students who were offered it for 2020-21
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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Work-Study Office

For questions specific to the work-study program at DU.

M-F 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.