Employment options

There are a variety of employment options available if you have a work-study award.

Community service work-study employment

If serving members of the community is your goal, WMU offers a community service work-study program. Past opportunities have included work for public safety departments, ethnic community support agencies, senior centers, housing agencies. Previous employers include: The American Red Cross, Borgess Hospital, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Girl Scouts, Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce, Kalamazoo Child Abuse and Neglect Council, Western Michigan Legal Services, and West Michigan Cancer Center. There are also on-campus community service options such as: Miller Auditorium, University Library, WMU Reading Clinic, Sports Medicine Clinic, and Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology.

Read on to learn how you can obtain a work-study award and find employment below. Then, stay on course with these guidelines. You can also find frequently accessed documents here.

Obtain a work-study award

  • Complete the FAFSA link indicating interest in work-study. Monitor your progress using the financial aid checklist. pdf
  • Regularly check your WMU email account. That is where you will receive important communication about the status of your financial aid file and awards.
  • Review your Financial Aid Award Letter on GoWMU. Verify receipt of work-study award.
  • If you would like to receive work-study during Summer 1 or Summer 2 you must complete a separate application(s). The Summer 1 application will be available February 15, each year, and the Summer 2 application will be available April 1, each year. Find the applications here.


Find employment

  • For assistance, please logon to the University’s job search tool: Bronco Jobs. Many students find unique opportunities by talking with campus staff, instructors, and other students. For personal assistance with your job search, please contact Career & Student Employment Services, Room 1401 Ellsworth Hall, or call (269) 387-2725.
  • Notify your interviewer that you have a work-study award. In order to confirm the type and amount of your work-study award, your interviewer may ask for a copy of your award letter. You may always view and print your financial aid award letter using GoWMU.
  • Plan your work schedule with your supervisor. The number of hours you may work can be determined using the following calculator:

Convert your award to hours per week

Instructions: Enter the dollar amount of your award, enter your hourly pay rate, and press the "=" button. Do not add dollar signs or commas. Please note - this calculator assumes you are working all pay periods assigned to the term. You may be able to work more hours per week if your employment begins late.


Fall or Spring

$ Your award /  Hourly pay rate / 


  Hours per week

SU1 or SU2

$ Your award /  Hourly pay rate / 


  Hours per week


Updated: 08/29/2012 10:52 AM



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