More than 6,000 Illinois State students work on-campus jobs earning more than $16 million every year. Students can earn enough money to cover personal expenses, buy books, or contribute toward their tuition.
Some students and parents worry that grades will suffer if a student takes a part-time job, but studies show students who work up to 10 hours a week actually have slightly higher GPAs than students who do not. Working students learn valuable time management skills. Time spent working usually doesn’t take away from time in the library; it replaces time wasted on non-productive activities like watching television. Every student is different, so you must weigh the advantages and disadvantages for yourself.
Some job openings require students to be eligible for Federal Work Study, a need-based financial aid award program that makes it more affordable for a campus department or non-profit organization to hire students. The online posting will mention it if work study eligibility is required. The good news is that it is not required for most on-campus positions.
International students with the J-1 visa must receive permission from the Office of International Studies before starting employment.