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Student Employment

It’s important that every student who comes to Grinnell has access to everything that makes our community so wonderful. That’s why we offer a multitude of resources, including work-study, to help keep a Grinnell education more affordable and within reach for you and your family. For more information about student employment at Grinnell, please review the Student Employment Tip Sheet (PDF).

Student Employment

Funded by either Grinnell or the federal government, you have the opportunity to earn money during the academic year with a campus job. Beginning in 2024-25, the standard student employment/work-study amount is $3,000 for new students and $3,150 for returning students. New students can earn $3,000 by working less than eight hours per week during the academic year, and returning students can earn $3,150 by working about eight hours per week during the academic year.

Incoming first-year students who have student employment or federal work-study as part of their financial aid will be assigned to their first job prior to their arrival on campus. Students can keep the position they are assigned or search for a new position. Any student, regardless of financial aid status, can work on campus. Open positions are posted on the Student Employment website (login required).

All students planning to work on campus should complete payroll forms during New Student Orientation or any time at the Office of Student Accounts.

Contact Student Employment (login required) with questions about student employment policies, payroll, or how to apply for a campus job. For questions related to your financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Effective August 1, 2023, student employees are paid $13 per hour.

The only exception for 2023-24 is room grant-eligible positions, including community advisors (CAs). Students working in these positions receive a room grant that covers the cost of on-campus housing. Beginning in 2024-25, these positions will be compensated the same as all other student jobs on campus and will be paid an hourly wage instead of receiving a room grant.

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