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Work Study // Student Employment

The Work Study program provides part-time employment opportunities for students with financial need through WLC's Student Employment Program.

  • Work Study and student employment opportunities at Wisconsin Lutheran College are designed to further students in their personal and educational development. Through the campus work experience, students will learn to be effective Christian leaders, provide quality service, and develop essential job skills.

    Benefits of Work Study

    Students who are eligible for Work Study (Federal and College) receive several benefits:

    • First priority in the hiring process at the beginning of the academic year.
    • The FAFSA will not consider earnings as income for future financial aid eligibility.

    Benefits of Student Employment

    Students who decide to work on campus receive numerous benefits:

    • Valuable job experience.
    • A professional reference.
    • Flexible hours with the ability to work around their schedules.
    • Work in social environments where they can interact with their fellow students.
    • Help with financing their expenses.
    • 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 handles all employment processes for student workers on campus. This includes

    • Posting current job openings and guiding students through the application process.
    • Providing and explaining employment forms.
    • Training student employees.
    • Encouraging students to pursue a successful work experience.

    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 does the Student Employment Office communicate with me? 
    The Student Employment Office communicates via email to your WLC email account. Check your email throughout the summer and the academic year. Contact Student Employment with any questions you may have at

    The Student Employment Office also has an official webpage on myWLC. All information you need to know about working on campus is listed in this secure site (myWLC login required).

    2. How do I know if I am eligible to work on campus?
    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).

    3. What does Work Study mean?
    There are two types of Work Study. Federal Work Study is a federally funded job in which the government and WLC share the payroll cost of employing a student. College Work Study is only funded by WLC. Students who have been awarded Work Study receive first priority in the job selection process at the beginning of the academic year.

    4. What if Work Study isn't on my financial aid award?
    If you are interested in a campus job but have not been awarded Work Study, you may check on the status of on-campus job openings on the Student Employment page in your myWLC account. When the jobs are opened to Non-Work Study students, you may apply for a job.

    5. How do I know if jobs are available?  
    All job openings are listed in your myWLC account. Jobs will be available to different students at different times. Read table headings carefully so that you know when it is time for you to apply. 

    6. What forms do I need to submit before I can start working at WLC? 
    All student workers must complete the following forms:

    • Student Employment Agreement, signed by both you and your supervisor.
    • Direct Deposit with bank documentation or check attached
    • Federal W-4
    • Federal Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9)

    You will receive a job packet containing the forms when you during the WOW weekend or when you apply for campus job. Incoming Work Study students will receive the W-4 and Direct Deposit forms during the summer via email. Extras can be found in the Student Employment Office (A208). All forms must be filled out and submitted before you can begin working.

    7. What identification do I need to bring to WLC before I can start working?
    All student workers must bring along ORIGINALS of the following forms of identification (copies will not be accepted per federal law):

    • Social Security Card or Valid U.S. Passport
    • Valid Driver's License or WLC ID (You will receive your ID on the first day of WOW Weekend if not before.)

    If you do not have one or more of these forms of identification, contact the Student Employment Office for other acceptable identification.

    8. How do I obtain an on-campus job?
    If you are an incoming student and Work Study is listed on your award letter, you will receive emails from the Student Employment Office during the summer with directions on how to apply for a job. In early August, you will complete an online application located in your myWLC account and attend a Job Fair during WOW Weekend. If you are unable to attend the Job Fair, are a returning student looking for work, or are an incoming student for the spring semester, you should apply online in your myWLC account. The Student Employment Office will guide you through the hiring process.

    9. 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. Work Study is also based on your financial need as determined by your FAFSA.

    10. How much can I expect to earn in an on-campus job?
    The minimum wage is $7.25. Higher pay rates are based on the level of responsibility of the job that you can earn through promotions. The levels range from 1 to 3 plus Team Leader status.

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

    12. How would I receive my pay?
    You will receive your pay twice a month via direct deposit into a checking or savings account of your choice. Your name must be on the checking or savings account so the deposit isn't returned to WLC.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. What should I do if I don't obtain a job on campus?
    If you don't obtain a job initially, you may contact the Student Employment Office. You can also check the bulletin board in the Schwan Library (near the printers) for job openings in the area, do your own search, or continue to work at home during weekends, breaks, or summer.

    16. Does WLC offer summer employment?
    The number of summer jobs for students is limited and are available for specific positions. Students must be returning to WLC for the next academic year. Workers are often chosen by their supervisor in spring, but some positions may be posted online for anyone.


    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