Student Employment Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your questions about student opportunities for working at St. Kate's.


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    Practical reasons to work on campus include: flexible scheduling around your courses, athletic events or other campus activities, convenient access (no car required!), and the fact that on-campus jobs pay more than the federal minimum wage.


Students who work on campus are making valuable connections with other students, staff, and faculty within the St. Kate’s community. Practical reasons to work on campus include: flexible scheduling around your courses, athletic events or other campus activities, convenient access (no car required!), and the fact that on-campus jobs pay more than the federal minimum wage. Additionally, students who work on-campus are exempt from FICA tax, so you earn 7.65% more each pay period than if you work off-campus.

The basic wages for first-year positions is $9.50 per hour. For returning years at the same position, the wage is $9.75 per hour. Advanced positions requiring specialized skills can play slightly higher rates.

As a student at St. Kate’s, you are expected to help contribute toward your educational expenses. Work-study is one way to do so. If you decide to utilize work-study you will receive a bi-weekly paycheck throughout the semester. If you have a student account balance you can take your paycheck directly to the Student Accounts Office and have it applied toward your account. If you do not have a balance you can deposit your check into a personal savings or checking account and use it toward day to day expenses. Work-study funds are not applied to your account at the beginning of the semester. You earn them over the course of the semester.

The amount you earn depends upon how much you work.. We strongly suggest that no student work over 20 hours per week, and feel that working 10-15 hours per week will help a student increase her income without affecting academic performance. This chart can help you determine how much you’ll need to work throughout the school year in order to help you meet your financial aid obligation, or help out with day to day expenses.

8 hours per week $9.50 per hour 32 weeks in academic year $2,432 per year
10 hours per week $9.50 per hour 32 weeks in academic year $3,040 per year
12 hours per week $9.50 per hour 32 weeks in academic year $3,648 per year
15 hours per week $9.50 per hour 32 weeks in academic year $4,560 per year

Keep in mind that you can also work over January term and spring break, as offices on campus are open during these times. Any earnings during these breaks can count toward your financial aid work-study award.

There is a large variety of on-campus jobs. Possibilities include Tele-fund Team Member, Admission Ambassador, Office Assistant, Meeting & Events staff, Library Student Assistant, Math & Science Tutor, Lifeguard, America Reads Tutor, Dining Services Staff, Childcare Aide, Costume Assistant, O’Shaughnessy Usher and more.

All applications must be in by June 1 in order to be eligible for job placement. Students who apply early and those with federal or state work study awards will be prioritized for placement. Students who we are unable to place via the placement program will be notified and will be given instructions about conducting their own campus jobs search.

You will be asked to rank some of your job preferences on your application form, and the Student Employment Coordinator will discuss those preferences with you as part of your telephone interview. Though we cannot guarantee that you will be placed to your preferred position (sometimes schedule conflicts make this impossible), we will do our best to place you to a position that fits your interests and skills.

You will receive a confirmation letter in the mail telling you about your new position in mid to late August.

Since work-study is considered a resource for paying your educational costs, if you decide not to participate in work-study you will need to find alternative ways to pay your student account balance. Perhaps you worked over the summer and were able to save money for college, you or your parents have alternative resources you can utilize, or decide to borrow additional loan funding to cover the work-study portion of your financial aid. You should talk with your financial aid counselor about what options are available to you and your family.

Many students decide to work on-campus during summer, too. Not all positions may be available during summer break. Since summer is considered a period of non-enrollment it does not count toward your financial aid work-study award. However, there is an expectation that students will work over the summer, whether on or off-campus, to help contribute toward their educational expenses for the upcoming school year.

Students who do not get their Priority Hiring Applications in before the June 1 deadline will need to conduct a traditional campus job search using St. Kate's online job posting and search site called KatieCareer when they arrive to campus. When applying via KatieCareer a resume is always required and sometimes a cover letter. KatieCareer will be available to new incoming students shortly after arriving in September. A mandatory student employment session at Orientation will cover the application steps, KatieCareer and more. If you miss this session, contact Career Development at askcareer@stkate.edu for assistance regarding how to use KatieCareer and write a resume, and contact Student Employment at studentemployment@stkate.edu for assistance regarding the priority hiring process and searching for on-campus jobs.

Contact the Student Employment Office at studentemployment@stkate.edu or 651-690-8685.