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Work Study (Student Employment)


This Student Employment page is designed to provide general information about student employment at Itasca Community College. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have specific student employment questions that are not covered below.


Work Study

Work-Study is financial aid in the form of part-time employment. It is available to qualifying students to help defray the cost of attendance. In addition to earning a paycheck on a bi-weekly basis, work study programs allow students to work around their academic schedule, and to build a resume and/or establish references.



The first step to becoming eligible for a work study position is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). During the application, be sure to select "yes" when asked if you are interested in being considered for work study. Eligibility for work-study is determined by your financial need and will be listed as a form of financial aid on your Itasca Community College award letter if you qualify. Additionally, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to be allowed to participate and continue in work-study programs and must maintain at least half-time enrollment throughout their employment. If a student drops below half-time enrollment at any point during the term, the student is immediately terminated from the program.


Job preference is granted to students who complete their FAFSA and any verification requests early as work study positions are limited.


**If your award letter does not list Federal or MN State Work Study, stop by the Student Services Office to inquire about your eligibility for funding through the Blandin Work Program. (Minnesota residency requirements apply)


Pre-Employment Requirements **Read Carefully**

Before you are eligible to begin working, you must first follow the steps below.  Failure to do so will result in your inability to participate in any work study program at ICC:


1)  Complete a Work Study Interest Form and submit to the Student Services / Financial Aid Office. Once your form is received and it is determined that you are eligible for work study you will be enrolled in a Brightspace (D2L) course for work study students.

  • This course will provide access to training materials, reference guides, your Student Employee Handbook, and a mandatory quiz that must be completed prior to receiving your Work Authorization form.
  • Your Brightspace work study course will remain open to you for your own reference for the remainder of the semester in which you initially were enrolled.


2)  Once you have satisfactorily completed the mandatory quiz and have received and printed your Work Authorization form. You may then begin to apply and interview for open work study positions.

  • You are responsible for finding your own work study job. Most positions are on-campus, although a few off-campus jobs are available. It's best to identify job openings that interest you and/or fit well with your degree plan by accessing the Job Openings List or by contacting supervisors directly.
  • The Current Job Openings List will be available and updated on ICC's website by August 1st each year.
  • Please be aware that not all supervisors are available to contact during the summer months.


3)  After you have found a position and have been hired, both you and your new supervisor will each complete a small portion on your Work Authorization form. You will then bring this form to the Student Services / Financial Aid Office. If you have never previously been a student employee at ICC, you will be required to complete additional pre-employment documentation as is required and enforced by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Please bring TWO original, non-expired forms of identification that can be used to complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form.  Most students provide a government issued photo ID and an original (no copies, faxes, photos, or word of mouth) Social Security Card or certified birth certificate. However, a complete list of acceptable documents can be accessed here. You will also complete a federal form W-4 for tax purposes at this time.


4)  Once you have successfully completed the above steps, you will be set up in student payroll and receive an Eligibility Certificate to turn in to your supervisor. Until you receive this certificate, you are not eligible to work.

  • Please be advised that any hours worked prior to completing the required training and paperwork will be considered volunteer hours and may result in your forfeiture of future work study eligibility.


Hours and Pay

You and your supervisor will establish the number of hours you may work per week within the policies listed below and based on funds availability. Violating these policies may result in suspension and/or termination of your work study position.



  • In most cases, work study hours are recorded via eTime (electronic timesheets) through the student’s eServices application. 
  • Students are limited in the amount they can earn.  Upon reaching your maximum award, you may request additional work-study funds; however, if funding is not available, you must cease working at that time.  You can check your award balance within your Student eTime application.
  • Students can work up to, but no more than 30 hours per week. However, we recommend you not work more than 20 hours per week so that your academic performance does not suffer.
  • Overtime is not authorized for student employees.
  • If a student is scheduled to work 6.5 or more consecutive hours, they are required by ICC policy to take a 30 minute unpaid break.
  • Falsification of reported hours will result in termination from the program, repayment of any unearned wages, and potential criminal charges.
  • Late student eTime submissions will not be tolerated and may result in termination.


  • Student wages are $10.50 per hour (starting Fall semester 2016).
  • Students are paid bi-weekly on Fridays via Direct Deposit or paper check (Direct Deposit is highly encouraged and can be set up under the Student Employment tab within your eServices application.  If paper checks are not picked up promptly, they will be mailed to the permanent address on the student’s record.)
  • You can access a Pay Schedule for 2015-2016 that lists important due dates and pay dates here.



Student Employment Quick Links

Current Job Openings

Pay Schedule for 2015-2016

Pay Schedule for 2016-2017

2016-2017 Work Study Interest Form




Other Job Opportunities:

Minnesota Workforce Center

Job Posting Bulletin Board - Backes Student Center


Cooperative Education/Paid Work Experience


Cooperative Education provides the opportunity for MN resident students to integrate academic study with PAID work experience related to their college majors and/or career interests. These students more easily see the relationship between the “world of the classroom” and the “world of work” because they get a head start in choosing an appropriate career and learning what it is like to work in a particular field.

Service Learning opportunities are available to students through a number of class offerings. Several programs offer service learning as part of their overall curriculum as well. For more information, contact faculty member, Bill Sackett (127 Wilson) at 218-322-2427.