Community Based Work Study

St. Olaf College, in conjunction with nonprofit community service organizations, offers students the opportunity to earn work-study awards off-campus performing jobs in the community interest. This program is designed to create partnerships between St. Olaf and community organizations with our students serving as the bridge between the organization and the campus. This establishes an important component of engagement between students, the community, and St. Olaf.

Work Study is a state, and federally, funded program that supports part-time employment for eligible students. The work study award is part of the student’s financial aid package.

Community-Based Work Study is offered in two forms:

* Both of these opportunities are off-campus jobs.

Current Job Postings – Choose “community service work study” under job-type.

Transportation information can be found at the Student Activities website.


Application Process

  1. Students must have a federal or state work study award to be eligible for off-campus work study opportunities at an hourly wage of $9.28.
  2. Students are allowed to work during the academic school year including breaks.
  3. Complete the online application for each position you are interested in. The application should be submitted to Julie Bubser electronically. Your application will be reviewed and forwarded to the organization who will contact you for a possible interview based on your qualifications and experience.
  4. The organization will contact the applicant and the Work Study Coordinator if selected for the position.
  5. Once a position has been offered and accepted, the student is required to meet with the Work Study Coordinator to complete the required paperwork and review program details prior to the work start date.

Online Application


Required Forms

You must complete all of the following forms and submit them to the Financial Aid office, Administration 100, before you begin your employment..

  • I-9 – This form is an Employment Eligibility Verification.
  • W-4 – This form is an Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.

Work Authorization
This form is issued to you electrically from the Community-Based Work Study Coordinator and must be completed and submitted prior to employment.


Completion of Process

  • Once a student accepts employment with a community organization, the student is required to make an appointment and meet with the Work Study Coordinator, Julie Bubser x3999.
  • Student will complete and submit three required forms: I-9 and W-4 to be completed through the Financial Aid Office and the Work Authorization Form to be electronically issued by the Work Study Coordinator.
  • The Work Study Coordinator will provide a hired student with materials and information such as time sheets, payroll schedules, and transportation availability.
  • We will discuss expectations, professionalism, and accountability as a student working with and for community partners.
  • Part of a student’s role is to establish and maintain communication between the Work Study Coordinator and the organization’s supervisor to support the efforts of the student, organization, and the community service program.
  • Attend required paid continuing education workshops two times a year.
  • Complete end of year program survey.

Student Work Payroll Schedule