Off-Campus Employers

Hiring and Managing Work-Study Students

Recruiting a Work-Study Student

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid helps approved employers recruit Work-Study students by hosting an annual Work-Study Job Fair and by offering access to a job board. New off-campus employers must complete an Employer Initial Application and submit the application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to the email address at the bottom of the form.

Each year, previously approved off-campus employers must submit the Work-Study Employer Yearly Agreement prior to hiring students.

Job Fair

The Job Fair is held at the beginning of the fall semester, and provides an excellent opportunity for employers to actively meet and recruit Work-Study students.

Job Board

HireUTexas powered by Handshake is the all-inclusive job board where UT Austin students and alumni can connect with local, national and global employers offering career-oriented opportunities and internships, as well as campus employment, work-study and part-time jobs.

Employers are required to use the HireUTexas Job Board to post and advertise their jobs. Create your employer account and post jobs to recruit students and alumni for part-time and/or seasonal (holiday/summer) positions. For more information about HireUTexas, including job posting procedures, visit the HireUTexas for Employers page on the Texas Career Engagement website.

Interviews and Hiring

Before beginning the interview, it is imperative that the employer asks to see the Work-Study Verification (WSV) to verify that the student has been awarded Work-Study for the current academic year. The student must bring a recent copy of the WSV to the interview.

The employer has the final say in whether a student is hired. If the student is hired, the employer should close the job on HireUTexas right away. If an applicant is not hired, the employer should refer the student back to HireUTexas to look for placement elsewhere. The paperwork remains with the student to take to future interviews.

Hire By Dates
The last day an Off-Campus Employer may hire a Work-Study student each semester is as follows:

FALL: December 1

A student’s Work-Study award is meant to be earned over the entire award period.

After Hiring a Work-Study Student

When an employer hires a Work-Study student, an Off-Campus Sign-Up Sheet/Job Description Form must be completed and forwarded immediately to the Work-Study Office. It is the employer’s responsibility to download and complete this form from the Off-Campus Employer Forms and Sample Forms page. The employer upload documents via email to The Off-Campus Sign-Up Sheet/Job Description Form is all that is required for notification that a student is hired. The Work-Study student employee should not start working until Work-Study Employment sends an email confirmation that the student is eligible.

Students may only work within the dates of the award period so be sure students do not start working before the award period begins! The Work-Study Office will not reimburse agencies for time worked prior to or after the award period. See the Award Period section of Work Study Policies.

Give Work-Study students a written list of duties and responsibilities upon hiring to avoid a possible miscommunication of expectations.

Termination Policy

If employment ends for a reason listed below, termination is required.

  • End of assignment
  • Resignation
  • Involuntary termination due to unsatisfactory performance

In cases when unsatisfactory performance is an issue, the Office of Financial Aid will advise the employer to complete the Separation Form, which serves as a record of the student’s INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION, and forward it to the Office of Financial Aid. In all cases, employee difficulties are to be handled following HRS policy. If serious misconduct is the reason for dismissal, the student will be barred from receiving Work-Study awards in the future.

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NOTE: Work-Study programs at UT include Federal Work-Study, State Work-Study, and Institutional Work-Study.