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How Do I qualify?
Three Types on Student Employment
Pay Information
Tips for Success


How Do I qualify?

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to determine if work study funds are available. Then check job postings to see specific requirements. More information is available on financial aid at the Metropolitan State Financial Aid Office web site. Please note that all student employment opportunities cease upon graduation.


Metropolitan State Offers Three Student Employment Options:

Student Worker
Graduate Assistants

Work-Study Student

Work-Study Student: Is a student, graduate or undergraduate, who is making satisfactory academic progress and is engaged in work that is supported through funding from a state or federally administered work-study financial aid program. Students need to apply for work study funds through the Financial Aid Office. More information is available at the Metropolitan State Financial Aid Office web site.


Student Worker

Student Worker: Is a graduate or undergraduate student who is making satisfactory academic progress and is paid on an hourly basis from funds other than work-study, normally out of a department budget.


For work-study and student worker positions a student must be registered for a minimum 3 credits to be eligible for student employment.


Undergraduate Students:

  • Full-time (12 credits or more per semester) at Metropolitan State may work up to 40 hours a pay period during each semester.
  • Part-time (3-11 credits per semester) at Metropolitan State may work up to 28 hours per pay period.

Graduate Students:

  • Full time with 8+ credits
  • Part time with 3-7 credits.

For More details see Procedure 512 (Available on the Intranet under Visit Student Employment, Forms & Policies)


Graduate Assistants


Graduate Assistants: Is a graduate student who has been admitted to one of Metropolitan State University’s graduate programs, and who is making satisfactory academic progress, and who has been hired to assist in teaching, research, administration or other professional activities which are related to or part of the student’s graduate experience.

For more details see Procedure 513 (Available on the Intranet under Visit Student Employment, Forms & Policies).


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Job Pay Levels and Salary Administration


General Tasks: Routine typing, opening mail, entering data on prescribed forms, message or package delivery, word processing, data entry, filing, photocopying, collating and assembling materials, answering phones; routine grounds keeping activities, running errands, setting up rooms, routine custodial duties.


Skills: Knowledge of business English, spelling, grammar. Skill in typing or data entry. Ability to compute and tabulate using basic mathematics. Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions. Ability to file and retrieve records. Basic knowledge of tools and equipment used in audio-visual, custodial or grounds keeping work. Basic ability to use personal computers.


Hourly Rate:


$8.20 starting
$8.53 after 1 semester
$8.86 after 2 semesters
$9.21 after 2 years



General Tasks: Academic computer center support including explaining and assisting users with software, maintaining printers, monitoring computer center user log-in process, inventorying equipment and supplies. Advanced clerical or laboratory support work, requiring knowledge sufficient to conduct office or field research work of a complex nature, to perform difficult tests on a variety of materials or substances in laboratories, to set up or clean up laboratory experiments as directed. One-on-one peer tutoring in remedial or entry level subject matter. Completing maintenance activities requiring specialized skills and knowledge of unit operations.


Skills: Same as for level A plus paraprofessional level knowledge of and ability to explain unit procedures. Considerable knowledge and experience using tools and equipment in performing required work. Knowledge of laboratory procedures sufficient to provide paraprofessional research support and to set up and clean up for lab classes with little or no supervision. Knowledge of principles and practices of office management to provide lead-worker direction to other students. Ability to assist faculty, staff and students with research and other projects; to maintain computer files and documentation, and to perform equipment maintenance.


Hourly rate:


$9.01 starting
$9.37 after 1 semester
$9.75 after 2 semesters
$10.13 after 2 years



General Tasks: Responsible for advanced levels of technical or paraprofessional assistance and support; schedule and provide direction to other student employees; review student time reports. Serve as a paid intern where the internship requires special expertise and knowledge in the discipline area. Provide advanced level tutoring or conduct tutorial workshops requiring in-depth knowledge of a subject or discipline.


Skills: Comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of the computer center's software packages; ability to oversee laboratories or the computer center in the absence of regular staff; ability to provide leadership to others, ability to explain subject matter at advanced levels; ability to enforce standards and regulations, and to react quickly in emergency situations.


Hourly Rate:


$10.38 Starting
$10.80 after 1 semester
$11.22 after 2 semesters
$11.67 after 2 years

Change to Student Employee Pay Rate

  • Supervisor determines if the student employee has met the following criteria: Has worked sufficient time to qualify for an increase in wages, if applicable, has performed satisfactorily and demonstrates appropriate skills.
  • Supervisor completes a SWAF/Education Verification form indicating new rate and effective date, and forwards it in hard copy to the financial aid office or to the cost center director for funding approval.
  • Following approval of funds, the signed SWAF is returned to the supervisor.
  • Supervisor forwards approved SWAF to payroll office and notifies student of pay rate change.

Change to Student Employee Pay Level

  • Supervisor determines that student employee work should be at a higher level, and sends a description of duties to HR.
  • The HR office reviews the description and notifies supervisor of approval.
  • Supervisor completes a SWAF indicating new rate and level and follows steps for change to pay rate above.

Job Pay Levels and Salary Administration for GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

Graduate assistants are paid in accordance with the AFSCME agreement, under the classification title “Student Worker Paraprofessional, Senior.” For more details see Procedure 513 (Available on the Intranet under Visit Student Employment, Forms & Policies).


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Tips for Success

The most proactive way to obtain employment is to search the job postings and apply for a specific job.


Work with Career Services to create a Resume and Cover Letter.

  • Create an e-Folio web site that can easily be viewed by supervisors. The e-Folio web site gives you specific directions on how to create your e-Folio. It is a simplified and user-friendly free application to Metropolitan State University students.
    • Email your e-Folio resume address to student.employment@metrostate.edu and it will be posted for supervisors to view when looking for student employees. It will be your responsibility to keep this site update with your most current information and to notify by email the Student Employment when you are no longer looking for employment.

To be a successful student employee, students need to:

  • Maintain the timelines for projects,
  • Be on time and consistent with work hours,
  • Report absences to supervisors and on timesheet,
  • Adhere to student policies,
  • Value a professional appearance, and
  • Provide excellent customer service.

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For more information on student employment, please email student.employment@metrostate.edu.


The Student Employment section is a cooperation of Human Resources, Financial Aid Office, Career Center, and Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.

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