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Student Employment Office

The Student Employment Office serves as the focal point for students seeking part-time employment on- and off-campus. All positions posted through the Student Employment Office are posted and filled in an open and non-discriminatory manner.

Tonya Nickle, Student Employment Coordinator 
Hearnes Hall
417-625-9398
StudentEmployment@mssu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  

How do I search and apply for on-campus job openings?
On-campus employment is a great option for students looking for a part-time job. All students have both the opportunity and responsibility of finding and securing a job for themselves. On-campus jobs are NOT guaranteed and begin to fill up fast through the summer and first couple of weeks of the fall semester.

Instructions for viewing On-Campus Job Postings on Hire A Lion.

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How do I search and apply for off-campus job openings?
Many local employers post off-campus positions with the MSSU Student Employment Office. These positions vary from part-time to seasonal. No on-campus paperwork has to be completed when you secure an off-campus job.

Instructions for viewing Off-Campus Job Postings on Hire A Lion.

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Are there any qualifications for working on-campus?
On-Campus student workers should be enrolled as a full-time student and should maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

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How many hours can I work at an on-campus job?
Students can work a maximum of 20 hours a week in a work-study or student employment position. If you have more than one on-campus job, all of your jobs added together cannot exceed 20 hours total per week during the fall and spring semesters.

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Once I secure an on-campus job, how do I get paid?
If you have obtained an on-campus job, there are still a few more steps you have to take before you can start working. You MUST complete the appropriate paperwork at the Student Employment Office, Hearnes Hall, and you must bring original documents that establish your identity and employment eligibility. Find a complete list of those documents here: Acceptable I-9 Documents.

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What is Work-Study?
Work-Study is a federally funded program that is designed to help provide jobs for students who have financial need. Students apply for work-study eligibility by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or renewal FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

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How can I find out if I am Work-Study eligible?
Everyone does not qualify for work- study. The work-study program is federally funded and eligibility is determined based on your financial need, which is based on your FAFSA. To find out if you are work-study eligible, stop by the Student Employment Office in Hearnes Hall and talk to Tonya Nickle, the Student Employment Coordinator.

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I am Work-Study eligible, what does that mean to me?
Some jobs on-campus actually require you to be work-study eligible before you can even apply. The reason for this is because those departments do not have a budget to pay student workers, so the work-study program is funding the work-study student’s paycheck. This allows the department to have a student worker without having to pay for them out of “their money”. Being work-study eligible allows you to apply for both regular on-campus student employment positions AND on-campus work-study positions.

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Am I guaranteed a student employment job if I am Work-Study eligible?
No, you are responsible for securing your own employment. All Student Employment Job Postings are posted on Hire a Lion. Instructions for viewing all job postings on Hire a Lion.

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How does Work-Study money get paid to me?
Once you have been hired in an on-campus position and awarded work-study money, you will begin working assigned hours and earning an hourly wage, which is paid to you on the third Thursday of every month. If you do not secure an on-campus job, work-study funds cannot be paid to you.

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What if I am not eligible for Work-Study funds?
You can still seek employment on-campus or off-campus through the Hire A Lion Network. On-campus jobs not funded by work-study are called regular student employment.

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