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Frequently Asked Questions

The policy for this changed, we no longer require students complete a quarter prior to starting a work-study position.  Some roles have additional requirements, such as a minimum GPA (which would require completion of courses) for Peer Tutors, and this would be notated within the job description.

The maximum hours that each student is eligible to work is dependent on the individual's Financial Aid. A number of factors influence the amount of hours you can work, such as your FAFSA, the classes you are taking, the program you are enrolled in, and the other types of aid you are receiving, among other things. We also always note that these things can change, which means that your hours and eligibility can also change at any time, so they are never guaranteed. Additionally, the needs of the position may influence the actual number of hours you will work each week if hired.

Work Study Employment is never guaranteed. For every position there are multiple candidates and not every student is eligible to participate in the Work Study Program. Every student is treated equally and the most qualified candidate will be offered the position.

Work Study Students receive a paycheck for the hours they work, similar to traditional employment.

You can complete an application online. Once completed and fully signed the application is automatically sent directly to the Work Study Specialists.

It may take a couple of weeks to hear from someone about your application. All applications are routed to the hiring supervisor for the position applied for. Qualified students are then contacted to set up an interview.

Why Become a Part of the Work Study Team?

The benefits of participating in the Work Study program are numerous and varied.

  • Paid Positions: With a pay rate for our positions of at least $15.00 per hour (dependent on position and location) this additional income can help offset the cost of going to college.
  • Flexible Schedule: We know that you are a student first, and we will typically be able to be flexible around school and life schedules more than traditional work found outside the program.
  • Opportunities to Make Connections:By working either at the university or out in the community you will make invaluable connections that can help you when the time comes to graduate and find a career in your field.
  • Hands On Learning Experience: Students in the Work Study Program gain experience both from working in a role directly related to what you are studying and from learning more general skills such as time management, communication excellence, and professionalism.
  • Benefits our Community: Rasmussen is passionate about helping the communities around us, through this program we are able to help local non-profit and charity organizations by providing additional workforce to them.

What is the Work Study Program?

The Work Study Program:

  • Is run through the Federal Department of Education and the State of Minnesota
  • Provides part-time employment
  • Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply
  • Assists with meeting the costs of post-secondary education
  • Encourages all students to participate in Community Service Activities


For more information, watch "Federal Work Study Basics"


Work Study Qualifications

Your Work Study Specialists

Eric Langness, Work Study Specialist

Eric Langness: Has worked for Rasmussen for over 7 years and has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education.


Kristine Witt: Has worked for Rasmussen for over 15 years and currently manages the campus-based and state aid programs, including work-study .


Click HERE to contact Eric/Kristine.

Benefits of the Work Study Program