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Working at Illinois State

More than 6,000 Illinois State students work on-campus jobs earning more than $16 million every year. Students can earn enough money to cover personal expenses, buy books, or contribute toward their tuition.


Our Job Location and Development Office provides off-campus, part-time job opportunities in Bloomington-Normal. We make sure the potential employers are sensitive to scheduling and other needs of the student and look for positions which complement and reinforce the educational program or vocational goals of the student. Many of these employers visit with students during our off-campus job fair each semester. Interviewing and hiring is done by employers according to their usual hiring practices. Students receive paychecks from their employers rather than Illinois State University. We encourage local off-campus employers to post their job openings at IllinoisState.edu/jobs.

For more information and to see when job fairs will be held, visit the Career Center or contact them by e-mail at CareerCenter@IllinoisState.edu.

Federal Work Study

While most on-campus jobs do not require Federal Work Study eligibility, many student workers are employed under the need-based financial aid award program.


  • Unlike money earned from other jobs, Federal Work Study wages can be reported as “need-based” wages on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These earnings are excluded in the calculation for financial need for the following academic year.
  • Some departments on campus and non-profit organizations off-campus can only hire Federal Work Study students due to limited budgets. The funding from the program allows the employer to hire three student workers at the cost of one non-work study student.


  • be enrolled (or plan to enroll) at Illinois State University for a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester for undergraduates, 5 credit hours per semester for graduates
  • complete your FAFSA by November 15 each year (you must reapply to remain eligible) and indicate that you are interested in work study.

Federal Work Study is awarded to students with the lowest Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Positions only available to students with Federal Work Study are posted as such on the human resources job board.

How it Works

  • You earn your Federal Work Study award as you work hours. The award does not credit directly to your university charges. You are paid every two weeks by paycheck. Direct deposit to your personal bank accounts is available through the Payroll Office, located in Hovey Hall 101.
  • You must work an average of 10-11 hours per week to earn your full award. Once you have earned your full award, you may only continue working if your supervisor transfers you to regular payroll by notifying the Payroll Office.

To Work or Not to Work?

Students and parents often worry that grades will suffer if a student takes a part-time job, but studies show students who work up to 10 hours a week actually have slightly higher GPAs than students who do not. Working students learn valuable time management skills. Often, the time spent working doesn’t take away from time in the library; it replaces time wasted on non-productive activities like watching television.

Every student is different, so you must weigh the advantages and disadvantages for yourself.


  • Earn money
  • Learn time management skills
  • Build your resume
  • Learn new skills you can use in other jobs
  • Develop references and contacts for future employment
  • Identify skills, interests, and abilities


  • Increased stress
  • Enjoy less free time
  • Less time for extracurricular activities such as student organizations
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