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 2019-20 Academic Year
Was work-study included on your financial aid award offer for 2019-20? Here's what you need to know:
Accepting the Award:
In order to utilize work-study, you must accept your work-study award through PioneerWeb by July 1st or it will be cancelled. To do so:
- Log into PioneerWeb and go to your Student tab.
- Click on the "View and Accept Award Offer" link in the Financial Aid Awards box.
- Choose the 2019-2020 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 will begin to be posted on the job board beginning June 3rd, and will continue to be posted daily throughout the summer. To find and apply for a position, log into PioneerWeb on or after June 3rd, go to your Student tab, and click on one of the links in the "Work Award Information" box. Students are not placed into work-study positions—you must find and apply for the job you want.
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 first day students can work using their 2019-20 work-study award is July 8th.
Find a Job
We host a variety of part-time positions through our online job board, including work-study jobs, on-campus positions that don't require work-study and jobs in the Denver community.
Looking for internships or part-time/full-time professional positions? Visit Career & Professional Development.
Were you offered work-study as a part of your financial aid award? Apply for a work-study position!
Work-study is a need-based financial aid award 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 included in all students' award packages. If you're eligible to apply for a work-study position, you'll see it listed on your financial aid award letter. Both undergraduate and graduate students may be offered work-study.
If you don't see this award included in your aid package, 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 on our online job board.
To search and apply for a work-study job:
- Log into PioneerWeb.
- Go to your Student tab.
- Click on one of the links in the "Work Award Information" box (on the bottom right side of the page).
Positions are posted beginning on June 1 for each upcoming academic year.
Don't see the links? Be sure you accepted your work-study award through PioneerWeb. Click on the "View and Accept Award Offer" link on your Student tab, choose the 2018-19 aid year and go to the Accept Award Offer tab. Choose "Accept" in the dropdown next to your work-study award and submit.
Community Service Work-Study Positions
Students with work-study have the option of partnering with nonprofits and government agencies that strive to enhance the quality of life for residents—especially low-income individuals—within a 30-mile radius of the University of Denver. These positions enable students to engage in meaningful service that is designed to meet community needs. All partners must agree to cover 30% of student wages.
Just a few of the community service employers we've contracted with in the past include:
- History Colorado, the State Historic Preservation Office for Colorado
- Starfish, a local program that contributes to the global movement for gender equity and girls’ education
- Hope Communities, a Denver organization dedicated to providing economic and personal opportunity through affordable housing, educational programs and support services
- A Little Help, a nonprofit that connects neighbors across ages to enhance the lives of older adults and help them age well in their homes
- Centro Humanitario, which provides educational opportunities and ensures safe working conditions for day laborers in Denver
You can search for Community Service positions by clicking on the "Community Service Work-Study Jobs" link on your Student tab in PioneerWeb. Do you have a nonprofit in mind that you'd like us to consider for community service work-study? Contact us!
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 our online job board. Positions are posted frequently, so check back often!
Our job board 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.)
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
Job Board Disclaimer:
The Financial Aid/Student Employment Office at the University of Denver does not research the integrity of each employer listing a job due to the volume of jobs received by this office. Therefore, you are urged to undertake this responsibility for yourself. DU's Student Employment Office acts only as a referral service and makes no particular recommendations regarding potential employers. Neither University of Denver nor the Student Employment Office makes any representation or guarantee whatsoever about any position listed on the Job Board, nor does the University of Denver or the Student Employment Office assume any responsibility for safety, wages, working conditions or any other aspect of off-campus, non-contract employment.
Forms and Resources
- Work-Study Separation Form (available in July)
Use this form if you'll be leaving your current work-study position.
- Work-Study Award Increase Form (available in July)
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.
- Work-Study FAQs
Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
- Career & Professional Development
Get tips for writing your resume and cover letter, and help preparing for an interview.
- IT Training Opportunities
Attend training sessions and workshops for software applications such as Banner and Microsoft Office.
Upcoming Important Work-Study Dates
If you're a work-study student, be sure to pay attention to these dates:
- May 16, 2019 - Last day law students can work for the 2018-19 academic year
- June 3, 2019 - Available work-study positions for the 2019-20 academic year will begin to be posted on the job board
- June 13, 2019 - Last day undergraduate and graduate students can work for the 2018-19 academic year
- July 1, 2019 - Deadline to accept work-study in PioneerWeb for students who were offered the award for 2019-20
- July 8, 2019 - First day students with a 2019-20 work-study award can begin working
Frequently Asked Questions
Are international students eligible for work-study?
Because work-study is a type of federal financial aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen to qualify. Per federal regularions, nonimmigrant students on an F-1 or F-2 nonimmigrant student visa, or on a J-1 or J-2 nonimmigrant Exchange Visitor Visa, do not qualify for work-study positions.
Learn more about eligibility for federal aid on the Federal Student Aid website.
- Can international students apply for part-time positions that don't require work-study?
Does the Office of Student Employment place students into specific jobs?
No. You'll navigate a job search to find an ideal position. You should be prepared to apply to positions that interest you and go on interviews to determine the right fit. However, we're available to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the job application process. Please contact us if you need help!
What documentation do I need to be hired?
If you work on campus, you'll be treated as a University employee. Therefore, you'll need to complete an I-9 and verify that you're eligible to work in the United States by providing proof of identification and previous employment. You can find a list of accepted documents through the USCIS website.
If I work on campus, how much will I be paid?
Employers determine your pay rate based on the type of work you do, not by your education level or the size of your work-study award (if you have one).