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Frequently Asked Questions About Student Employment

What is student employment?

What are the eligibility requirements for on-campus student employment?

How many hours per week are student employees and interns allowed to work?

What is Work Study and how do I know if I am eligible to participate in the Work Study Program?

What is the rate of pay for student employment/Work Study positions?

How do I apply for student employment positions?

What is student employment?

LCC student employment is offered on a per semester basis to students who maintain at least half-time enrollment (full-time enrollment for qualified international students) at Lansing Community College. It is "at will" employment which means the employee is not under contract, is only hired for an indefinite period of time and can be dismissed at any time for any non-discriminatory reason.

What are the eligibility requirements for on-campus student employment?

To be eligible for student employment, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate

  • Must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) and card

  • Must be eligible to work in the United States of America (i.e. U.S. citizen, resident alien, refugee, political asylee) or enrolled full-time as an international student (i.e. non-resident alien) with an F-1 or M-1 visa and a valid I-20 issued by Lansing Community College

  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (requirement does not apply while enrolled in your first semester at LCC)

  • Enrolled for at least 6 credits (taken on either a numerical grade or pass/fail basis) in Fall and/or Spring Semesters; 3 credits in Summer Semester. International student with an F-1/M-1 visa enrolled for at least 12 credits in Fall and/or Spring Semesters; 3 credits minimum in Summer (same grade rules apply for all semesters). Audited courses and incompletes ("I" grades that carryover from previous semester/s) do not apply toward employment eligibility. International students who claim exemption from the minimum enrollment requirements outlined above must obtain an approved visa exception from the Designated School Official (DSO) for international students on a per semester basis.

 How many hours per week are student employees and interns allowed to work?

Student employees and student interns may work a maximum of 25 hours per week during any semester. The weekly work hour maximum of 25 applies year-round; student employees are not allowed to work additional hours at any time throughout the year (i.e. semester break periods and/or between semesters).

International students (i.e. F-1/M-1 visa holders) are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week as regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (USDHS). An international student employee may be allowed to work more than 20 hrs./week during the summer semester, but may not exceed the 25-hour maximum that applies to all LCC student staff positions. However, exceptions to the 20-hour maximum for international students must be addressed on a case-by-case basis and requires the approval of LCC's Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for International Students located in Enrollment Services.

     

What is Work Study and how do I know if I am eligible to participate in the Work Study Program?

The Federal Work Study Program provides access to student employment opportunities -- both on and off-campus. Students may be eligible for the Federal Work Study award, by indicating their interest on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- available through the LCC's Office of Financial Aid. The Work Study award is actually a "maximum eligibility amount" that the student may earn up to, if they secure a qualified student employment position. The award amount can be viewed by logging in to the student's Banner Self Service account, if the student qualifies. The award is then paid-out, to the student, in the form of wages. These Work Study "earnings" may be used to assist with various education-related expenses. Once the student attains their maximum eligibility amount through gross earnings, employment may be terminated.

Student employment is based upon skills and abilities -- not necessarily financial need. Therefore, Work Study-eligible students are not guaranteed a job. However, Work Study-eligibility does provide unique opportunities for either on-campus student employment offered by the College or for off-campus Work Study employment offered by qualified non-profit organizations and/or local/state/federal public agencies. Contact Career and Employment Services to explore what opportunities are available. CES also provides both on- and off-campus employment opportunities to students who have not received a Work Study award, regardless of financial need.

What is the rate of pay for student employment/Work Study positions?

  • The rate of pay for all LCC Student Employee positions is $8.15 /hour.

  • The rate of pay for LCC Student Intern positions is $9.00 /hour.

  • The rate of pay varies for off-campus Work-Study positions, depending on the employer.

  • The rate of pay for the America Reads tutoring program is $8.50 /hour.

How do I apply for student employment positions?

There are a variety of both on-campus and off-campus Work Study positions available to eligible LCC students. Students should check job listings weekly at Career and Employment Services or through our web-based job posting system, CES JobLink.

On-Campus Student Employment:

Both Work Study and Non-Work Study eligible students may apply for on-campus positions. Students must first register on CES JobLink and complete the LCC Student Employment Application, then apply for positions on-line.

Off-Campus Work Study:

Only Work Study eligible students may apply for off-campus Work Study positions. In order to access posted off-campus Work Study (WS) positions and officially secure employment, Career and Employment Services (CES) must first verify the student's WS eligibility status for the current financial aid year. Once eligibility has been confirmed, CES issues an Assignment Sheet for each position requested. Each Assignment Sheet provides relevant employer information such as: the contact person's name, phone number and mailing address. Each Assignment Sheet is valid for a maximum of 2 weeks from the date it is issued to the student. Therefore, it is important to contact the employer, in a timely manner, and complete any additional application forms and/or arrange a meeting/interview for the specified position. The student must take the Assignment Sheet to the employer, during the initial meeting; this form verifies to the employer that the student has WS eligibility, the eligibility (award) amount and the date the student's WS eligibility expires. The employer will then determine whether or not to hire the student for the specified position.

Center for Employment Services at Lansing Community College

Career and Employment Services
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1172
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