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Student Employment

Columbia College actively participates in the federal self-help program referred to as "Federal Work-Study" (FWS). As part of the financial aid package, Work-Study allows a student to contribute to his or her education by enhancing skills already acquired and by providing the chance to learn new skills while employed on campus or in a community service role.

Fill out the online Student Employment Application.

Awarding Procedures & Eligibility Requirements for Federal Work-Study

  1. The Financial Aid Office awards Work-Study to students who have need determined according to the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must show a financial need over and above the resources they have available to meet educational expenses.
  2. Acceptance of work-study on the CougarTrack electronic award letter does not guarantee that a student will be placed in a work-study position. There are a limited number of work-study positions available and students must apply for available positions.
  3. A student must be enrolled and attending at least part-time for a regular semester or session. If a student should withdraw from all classes, he/she is no longer eligible for student employment.
  4. A student must be a citizen of the United States or its possessions or a permanent resident alien.
  5. A student must show evidence of academic promise and of the ability to maintain satisfactory standing in his/her course of study while employed.

Application Procedure for Federal Work-Study

  1. Complete the FAFSA and indicate an interest in student employment.
  2. Complete the online Student Employment Application.
  3. Acceptance of work-study on the CougarTrack electronic award letter does not guarantee that a student will be placed in a work-study position. There are a limited number of work-study positions available and students must apply for available positions.
  4. You may contact the Student Employment Coordinator via e-mail, or you may call (573) 875-7282.

On-Campus Federal Work-Study Employment Opportunities

Eligible Federal Work-Study students may use their FWS award in many departments  and administrative offices on campus. Visit the Human Resources vacancies page to see the latest student employment opportunities, listed under the title "Student Employment Positions."

Currently we have students employed in the following areas:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Accounting
  • Admissions
  • Art
  • Athletics
  • Business Administration
  • Career Services
  • Chemistry
  • Computer & Information Science
  • Computer Science & Math
  • Criminal Justice & Social Work
  • Development & Alumni Services
  • Division of Adult Higher Education
  • Education
  • Evaluations
  • Financial Aid
  • History & Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems Lab
  • Jane Froman Singers
  • Library
  • Mail & Print Services
  • Math Center
  • Online Campus (Distance Education)
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Registration and Financial Services
  • Student Activities
  • Student Affairs
  • Wellness Center
  • Writing Center

Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Employment Opportunities

Eligible Federal Work-Study students may use their FWS award at off-campus community service employers. Columbia College offers community service positions at:

  • Jumpstart
  • Field Elementary School

To inquire about a community service FWS position, contact the Student Employment Coordinator at (573) 875-7282 or by e-mail.

Current Federal Work-Study Openings

Visit the Human Resources vacancies page to see the latest student employment opportunities, listed under the title "Student Employment Positions."

College Work Program

Columbia College has another student employment program for students who are not eligible for Federal Work-Study. Under the College Work Program students are hired in much the same way that they would gain off-campus employment--that is, with regard to departmental budgets and needs. Complete an online Student Employment Application. If you are not eligible for a federal work-study position, your application will be designated for college work program. Due to budgetary constraints work program funding is limited.

Awarding Procedures and Eligibility Requirements for College Work Program

  1. The College Work Program is an institutionally funded program. One hundred percent of the money incorporated in this fund is from the institution. Students wishing to participate in this program do not have to prove financial need.
  2. A student must be enrolled and attending at least part time for a regular semester or session. If a student should withdraw from all classes, he/she is no longer eligible for student employment.
  3. A student must show evidence of academic promise and of the ability to maintain satisfactory standing in his/her course of study while employed. Students on academic probation or suspension will not be permitted to participate in the College Work Program.