Student Employment Opportunities

Student employment at Sul Ross State University provides a broad range of job opportunities for qualified students and provides valuable student assistance for departments at the university. Student employment are funded through Federal Work-Study, Texas Work-Study, and Institutional funds. Sul Ross State University has established the following Federal Work-Study policy to meet both state and federal regulations and provide equal opportunities and fair treatment for all student employees. If a student wishes to be considered for this program, a student should indicate this preference on the FAFSA or, if not awarded FWS in the student’s initial award package, the student may complete the FWS application for consideration.

Student Employment Hiring Process

Upon completion of an FWS application, the Office of Financial Aid will check the student for full eligibility to work an FWS position. At the beginning of the term or when funds become available, the campus Work-Study Coordinator will contact departmental supervisors and share approval of student work-study. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to select students based on these characteristics and conduct interviews if necessary. Once the students are selected, the supervisor must send the Student Employment Authorization worksheet to the Coordinator of Work Study via fax, email, or inter-campus mail. Supervisors must not give the form to the student.

Types Of Work-Study

Federal College Work- Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program that provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students to assist with the costs of post-secondary education. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage. Students fill out a job application and are selected for an interview, or a department can request a student.

Texas Work Study

Texas Work Study (TWS) provides part-time jobs to eligible students with financial needs to enable them to attend. To be eligible, students must be a resident of the state of Texas, show financial need, register for Selective Service, and enroll at least half-time. Students may not be a recipient of any form of an athletic scholarship. All TWS students have to complete the same hiring process as FWS.

Institutional Work Study

Institutional student employment provides part-time, on-campus employment for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and certain other non-citizens who are enrolled at least half-time, but does not require demonstration of financial need. Student’s earnings under this program depends on the departmental budget and student’s class schedule.

Frequent Work-Study Questions

How do I know I am eligible?

To be eligible for federal work-study, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a degree seeking student.
  • Be enrolled in 6 credits or more in the fall and/or spring semester(s) and enrolled in at least 6 hours in any summer session.
  • Be eligible to receive federal or state financial aid.
  • Meet employment eligibility.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who fall under the following criteria cannot be considered for federal work-study:

  • International Students
  • A non-degree seeking undergraduate.
  • Non-degree graduate students

When do I get paid?

  • Students are required to submit a monthly timesheet to payroll on the 16th of every month. Paychecks are available on the first of every month, given that the student worked the previous month.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. All student employees will be limited to a maximum of 20 hours of employment per week. The student may work up to 20 hours per week during vacation periods when classes are not in session. Work above the 20-hour limit will require the approval of the appropriate Vice President. International students may not work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. The student may work a maximum of 40 hours when not enrolled between long terms (fall/spring), during Winter break and summer.

What if I am not eligible for work-study?

Like most financial aid, work-study awards are based on academic performance, fund availability, and financial need.

Since work-study is based on financial need, the award amount will be influenced by the student’s financial aid Cost of Attendance (COA). The work-study award must “fit” within the student’s financial aid COA, and not negatively affect other financial aid awards.

If you have doubts or concerns about your eligibility, please contact

Where could I apply for a work-study position?

You can apply at

For help or more information please contact

Student Employment Statements 

Work Study in Financial Aid is excellent! I learned plenty of computer proficiency, and productivty. I enjoy that there’s always something new to do and I make the best of my time. It is such a great experience to work in the financial aid office.

-Aile Loya