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Federal Work Study // Student Employment

The Federal Work Study program provides part-time employment opportunities for students with financial need.

  • Federal Work Study and student employment at Wisconsin Lutheran College is designed to further students in their personal and educational experiences. Student jobs offered by the college are not only designed to prepare traditional undergraduate students for life, but also to create Christian leaders. Through the campus work experience, students will learn to be effective Christian leaders, provide quality service, and develop essential job skills.

    Benefits of Federal Work Study

    Students who are eligible for federal work study obtain several benefits.

    • Students awarded Federal Work Study receive first priority in the hiring process.
    • The FAFSA will not consider Federal Work Study earnings as income for the next academic year. Therefore students may be eligible for increased aid as part of their Financial Aid package for the upcoming year.

    Benefits of Student Employment

    Students who decide to work on campus receive numerous benefits.

    • Working on campus provides valuable job experience.
    • Student employees gain a professional reference.
    • Wisconsin Lutheran College offers flexible hours with the ability to work around students' schedules.
    • Students work in social environments where they can interact with their fellow students.
    • On-campus jobs help finance students' expenses.
    • Students work through three educational phases where they learn new skills and gain more responsibilities as they are promoted from level to level.

    The Student Employment Office assists students in finding and working as a student employee on the WLC campus.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Student Employment Office via email or by calling 414.443.8639.

    To review job openings or apply for an on campus position, please click the link to visit the homepage of the Student Employment Office (myWLC login required). 


    1. How do I know if I am eligible to work on campus?
    Federal Work Study will be listed on your financial aid award letter if you are eligible for a campus job and have requested a job on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    2. What does Federal Work Study mean?
    Federal Work Study is a federally funded program in which the government and the employer (WLC) share the payroll cost of employing a student. Students who have been awarded Federal Work Study receive first priority in the job selection process at the beginning of the school year.

    3. What if Federal Work Study isn't on my financial aid award?
    If you are interested in a campus job but have not been awarded Federal Work Study, you may check on the status of on-campus job openings on the Student Employment page. If you do not have Federal Work Study, also check the bulletin board in the Library for jobs available in the WLC/Milwaukee area.

    4. How do I obtain an on-campus job?
    If you are eligible for Federal Work Study, you may begin applying in early August under the guidance of the Student Employment Office. You will fill out online applications for two available positions. These applications are located in your myWLC account under the Campus Life tab on the Student Employment Page. Supervisors will receive the applications, and students will then be asked to attend interviews held during Warrior Orientation and Welcome Weekend in August. If you are unable to attend the interview session or are an incoming student for the spring semester, you should apply online at myWLC under the Campus Life tab on the Student Employment Page, and the Student Employment Office will guide you through the process.

    5. What does the award amount actually mean?
    The award amount on your financial aid award is the amount of money you can potentially earn while working on campus for one year. This amount is not a guarantee, but a projected amount based on a work schedule of an average of 10 hours per week. Federal Work Study awards result from a calculated need as determined by the FAFSA.

    6. How much can I expect to earn in an on-campus job?
    The minimum wage is $7.25. Higher pay rates may be assigned based on the level of responsibility of the job for which you have been hired. The levels range from 1 to 3 plus Team Leader status.

    7. How many hours can I work on campus during the week?
    You are allowed to work an average of 10 hours per week, not exceeding more than 12 hours per week. The number of hours will depend on the needs of the department.

    8. How would I receive my pay?
    You are required to sign up for direct deposit. You will receive your pay twice a month in your designated checking or savings account.

    9. How many jobs would I be able to hold on campus?
    You are permitted to hold one campus job at a time. You can apply to switch departments at either the end of semester or academic year if you so choose.

    10. What kind of jobs does Wisconsin Lutheran College offer?
    Wisconsin Lutheran College offers a variety of jobs on campus. All job descriptions are posted on myWLC.

    11. What should I do if I do not obtain a job on campus?
    If you are not eligible to apply for a job on campus at this time, or if the jobs are already filled, you may contact the Student Employment Office or check the bulletin board inside the Library near the printers. We have a listing of jobs available in the area for which students are welcome to apply.

    12. Does WLC offer summer employment?
    Students are able to work on campus over the summer in certain departments. The number of summer jobs is limited and are only available for specific positions. The students are often chosen by their supervisor at the end of the spring semester.


    It is the goal of Wisconsin Lutheran College to lead student employees through educational phases. These phases are not assigned to students, but are based on "behind the scenes" efforts by the supervisors and team leaders to guide students in their progression of employee development. These are not organized by year. Instead, supervisors and team leaders work with their student employees to help the students gain valuable experiences to apply to future positions in their choice career following graduation.

    1. Orientation Phase:

    • Intensive training (general and specific departments) including: phone skills, building hours, directions, confidentiality (including giving out students' phone numbers), safety, department technology, customer service, time management, etc.
    • Completing assigned small projects, gaining responsibility, department basics
    • Learning about campus employment policies, definitions, and procedures
    • Learning the significance of each department (marketing and communication, student life, financial aid, etc.)
    • Reporting to the department supervisor or team leader
    • Completing performance review under aid of the supervisor and/or team leader

    2. Journeyman Phase:

    • Shadowing Supervisory Phase workers
    • Earning more responsibilities such as completing special projects
    • Assisting in the training of co-workers in the Orientation Phase

    3. Supervisory Phase:

    • Serving as Team Leader
    • Supervising, teaching, and mentoring team members
    • Networking and gathering references for real-world experience

    or Special Projects Phase:

    • Completing assigned specific tasks, or projects
    • Organizing and running events
    • Coordinating and presenting proposals from the department supervisor
    • Reporting directly to the supervisor
    • Training next year's Special Projects worker