Financial Aid Office
Types of Financial Aid


Student Employment

Student employment provides opportunities for personal and career development, preparation for the job market, and earning money to assist with your school expenses to keep your debt load down. St. Cloud State University employs over 2,000 students each year in areas such as tutors, office assistants, computer labs/technology support, and in the recreation/fitness centers.

Receiving a work study award does not guarantee you a position. Positions may be on-campus or off-campus* in approved community schools or agencies. The work study award on your award letter represents your potential for earnings; only hours worked will be paid.

Work study funding eligibility is determined from your FAFSA results, availability of funds each year, and the date that you have a complete financial aid file. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so you are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st of each year. University salaries are not based on need.

  • If you were awarded a work study award on your award letter you are given priority to apply for positions until early October. To apply for a position, click on Follow the instructions to log into the system and how to apply for available positions. A resume must be uploaded before you submit an application. The department supervisor may choose to interview you. If you are hired for a position the supervisor will arrange a work schedule with you.
  • If you were not awarded a work study award on your award letter you can apply for positions starting in early October on

Once you are hired in a position and have completed required employment forms, you will turn in a timesheet for your hours worked. Pay periods are every two weeks. Click here for the payroll schedule. The preferred method to receive your paycheck is direct deposit. To sign up for direct deposit click on the "Financial Aid" link on your e-Services. Please refer to the Student Employment Handbook for information about payroll forms, responsibilities, evaluations, and other important employment related information.

*Work study eligibility required.

Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is on-campus employment for full-time graduate students. Graduate assistantships provide a stipend (salary) and a tuition waiver. To learn more about graduate assistantships, contact the School of Graduate Studies. Note: The tuition waiver portion of the Graduate Assistantship will affect financial aid eligibility.


AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides trained, dedicated individuals to help community groups meet pressing local needs. AmeriCorps members engage in service in three focus areas: mentoring at-risk youth, increasing volunteerism/service-learning, and disaster preparedness. AmeriCorps opportunities in Minnesota are listed at ServeMinnesota.

Off-Campus Employment:

SCSU Student Employment Services works with area employers to make off-campus employment available to students and are listed at These postings are listed free of charge and are posted in good faith. Please be aware of all postings and read the disclaimer.

National Student Employment Week

National Student Employment Week, held each year during the second full week in April, is an opportunity for supervisors to recognize student employees for the significant contributions and achievements they make to the SCSU campus and partnering community agencies. In the past, SCSU has also participated in the National Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Program (click here to see list of past SCSU SEOTYs). Starting 2013, SCSU will focus its attention on all student employees and through National Student Employment Week rather than individual nominations for SEOTY. Click here for information on Recognizing Your Student Employees.

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