Approximately 40% of all student jobs on campus are filled by students with work-study awards. The rest of the student employees on campus are paid from specific departments' operating budgets (Institutional Employment). For a list of jobs specific to work study, visit work study on the Office of Financial Aid Page. The Career Services Office maintains a database of non-work study student jobs on campus through Handshake. Student employment at Fort Lewis College is coordinated and administered by the Office of Human Resources.

Institutional Employment

The student must be paid no less than minimum wage and no more than the maximum amount as outlined in the Pay Plan provisions located below in the Student Employment Handbook. The student must verify their identity and eligibility to work prior to employment.

Employment Contracts

Students obtain their Employment Contract also known as a CARF (Contract Authorization Request Form) from their supervisor. The supervisor and the student complete and sign the CARF. The completed, signed CARF is returned to The Office of Human Resources when the student is hired and before the student begins working.

No student will be allowed to begin work until The Office of Human Resources has received a completed and signed CARF.

Students who are awarded work-study may obtain their contracts from the Office of Financial Aid after they have completed their employment paperwork with The Office of Human Resources. Students' work-study awards will be rescinded if they fail to obtain their contract before census date in September.


Supervisors who hire students paid from departmental funds initiate the process by completing and signing the Contract Authorization Request Form (CARF). The supervisor sends the completed and signed CARF to The Office of Human Resources. Human Resources confirms student identity and eligibility to work.


International students enrolled as full-time students must have a "valid for work" social security card before they begin working. To apply for a social security card the student must take a letter from The Office of Human Resources requesting a card, and proof of enrollment, to Social Security Administration. The student must bring their social security card, passport, copy of I-20 and I-94 to the Human Resources Office before they begin working. International students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. The Fort Lewis College work week is Saturday through Friday.

Supervisor Responsibilities

The supervisor's responsibilities are:

  • to interview and hire;
  • ensure that student has completed I-9 documentation prior to starting work;
  • complete the employment contract (CARF) and return it to the Human Resources Office along with a current job description;
  • establish a work schedule with the student;
  • explain duties and responsibilities to the student before they begin working;
  • provide training;
  • monitor hours the student works;
  • maintain student employment records;
  • submit accurate time sheets to The Office of Human Resources by the submission deadline each pay period;
  • follow required termination procedures if applicable;
  • submit periodic written performance evaluations.

If supervisors do not fulfill their responsibilities they will be relieved of their supervisory duties. Please review Supervisor Responsibilities Supervisor Instructions for Web Entry Time Sheets for more details.

Interviewing and Hiring

Students seek employment on a self-referral basis, independently arranging for interviews with supervisors. Supervisors should know their department's short and long term student employment needs and the skills required of prospective employees. Many students have considerable potential but little work experience. Jobs are part of their educational process and may even complement their academic work. Supervisors can teach valuable job skills that will facilitate transition to careers. Carefully matching qualifications with job requirements enhances the employment experience. Interviews are important to ensure that the student employee is suited for the job.

The supervisor explains the student employee's rights and responsibilities once the student is hired. The pay rate may be communicated to the student according to the pay plan when the student is hired, but the student may not begin working until their contract has been submitted and approved by The Office of Human Resources.


Student employees accessing staff, faculty, administrator and/or student records must know the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) confidentiality and information disclosure law.  Violation of the right to confidentiality is serious and could result in liability to the institution.  Supervisors must inform student employees of the requirements of the law.  Supervisors should contact Fort Lewis College Registrar's Office for additional information about FERPA if necessary.  We strongly suggest that you require your student worker to sign a "Confidentiality Contract."


Supervisors are responsible for insuring that students are not offered fringe benefits such as retirement, overtime, vacation, sick leave or paid holidays. Student employees are covered by Worker's Compensation while on the job.

Students who work while enrolled less than 1/2 time (less than 6 credits) will have 7.5% automatically deducted from their pay check and deposited into a Student Employee Retirement Plan on the student's behalf with TIAA.  Students can access their retirement information at or by calling TIAA at 800-842-2252.


Supervisors make sure that students complete the Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (W-4 form), which is available at the Human Resources Office or Payroll Office.  All student employee wages are subject to taxation. The W-4 must be completed, signed and submitted to the Payroll Clerk, 140 Berndt Hall.


Paydays are the every other Friday and checks can be picked up at the Skyhawk Station unless signed up for direct deposit through payroll. Students may sign up for direct deposit at Skyhawk Station, the Office of Human Resources (Berndt 210), or the Payroll Office in (Berndt 140).

Students can complete a Check Distribution Form at the Skyhawk Station or the Payroll Office (Berndt 140) before leaving campus if they would like their checks mailed to them during the holiday or summer breaks. Checks that are not picked up within 3-4 weeks from pay day will be mailed by the Skyhawk Station to the permanent address on file.


Violations of confidentiality, insubordination, poor work performance, habitual tardiness and absence without prior notice or approval are some circumstances that justify terminating a student's employment. If the student is not performing in a satisfactory manner, supervisors should discuss problems with students and attempt to provide assistance in an effort to improve the student's work performance. Supervisors must clearly explain their expectations and give students the opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification.

If the supervisor continues to be dissatisfied with the student's work, the student may be placed on probation for two weeks. The basis for placing the student on probation must be documented in writing. It should be discussed with the student and one copy placed in the student's personnel file, a second copy given to the student, and the third copy sent to the Student Employment Coordinator in the Human Resources Office. This document must include performance expectations with a timeframe for accomplishment clearly stated. If the student fails to perform satisfactorily during the probationary period, the supervisor may terminate the student's employment. In all cases of probation or termination, the notification must be in writing.


Q: Is it possible for the student to work more than one job on-campus simultaneously?

A: Yes, the Student Employment Coordinator in the Human Resources Office must be contacted by the student in advance.

Q: May the student earn more than their work-study award amount?

A: No; the contract specifies the maximum amount that the student may earn. The student's earnings should be monitored to ensure that the student does not earn more than the approved limit nor work past the last day of the contract. If a student over-earns their work-study award, the over-earnings are charged to the department budget. The work-study student cannot earn more than the fall award during the fall term. If there is an unused portion of earnings remaining from the fall term, it is added to the winter term amount and that total becomes the maximum amount the student may earn for the winter term.

Q: May the student be paid from department funds after the work-study limit has been earned?

A: Yes. The supervisor must submit a Contract Authorization Request Form (CARF) to The Office of Human Resources to replace a work-study contract.

Q: Are the student employment earnings taxable?

A: Yes, depending on how the student completed the W-4 form.

Q: Are there limitations on the type of work a student can be asked to do?

A: Yes; the supervisor cannot ask a student to do personal tasks such as personal correspondence, running personal errands, etc. The work assigned must be necessary for the operation of the department or office and must directly support its function.

Affirmative Action

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political beliefs, or veteran status. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and education shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff.

Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 may be referred to:

Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Office
Fort Lewis College


Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
1961 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80294

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is generally defined as "any deliberate or repeated unsolicited or unwelcome verbal comments, gestures or physical contact of sexual nature".  It is distinguished from voluntary sexual relationships by the elements of coercion, threat or unwanted attention.  It is an abuse of power.  Men, as well as women, are victims of sexual harassment.  Fort Lewis College is committed to ensuring that all employees and students can work and learn productively without unnecessary interference or distraction. As part of this commitment, we strive to maintain an environment that is free of unlawful discrimination including sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment is unethical and illegal.  It is a violation of:

Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title IX, Education Amendments 1973
Colorado Revised Statutes, 18.9 - 111
Fort Lewis College Policy

Pay Plan

Employers at Fort Lewis College must adhere to the Student Employment Pay Plan. We encourage using the pay plan as a tool for determining seniority and merit pay raises. Employers may hire students at any step or level. The allowable range students may earn is minimum wage up to minimum wage plus $2.00 per hour, applicable year round. You can find the current Colorado minimum wage here. Any contract submitted in excess of the allowed maximum will automatically be lowered to the maximum amount student may earn. An exception is when an employer is using discretionary grant funds to pay their student employee and requires approval from the Office of Sponsored Research.

Employers may give students pay raises at their discretion any time in accordance with the pay plan.

The pay plan guidelines are as follows:

  • Level 1: Entry level and/or positions that do not require substantial skill, extraordinary responsibility or significant independent judgment. The consequence of error is not critical. Duties are routine, simple and governed by standardized procedures. The position is closely supervised. No previous experience, specific skill or education is required.
  • Level 2: This level involves skilled positions with more complex duties that involve a substantial degree of responsibility and independent judgment. Employees are capable of performing duties with minimal supervision and must take initiative regularly. Characteristics that support assignment to Level 3 include: 1) planning and coordination of multi-faceted duties; 2) duties are hazardous; 3) position includes extensive public contact; 4) position is a senior lead-worker that may be responsible for training lower level positions.
  • Level 3: These are highly skilled, advanced level positions. Job duties are complex and can be specialized and varied. Employees are given instructions and are expected to establish work priorities based on departmental goals, procedures and timetables. Employees at this level will make recommendations, act independently, use initiative, and make decisions regarding work assignments. Employees must have related coursework or previous work experience and the ability to establish working relationships with college personnel and the public.

Work Schedule

The supervisor and the student establish a work schedule taking into consideration the student's class and vacation schedules. The supervisor ensures that the student agrees to abide by the work schedule. The student's work schedule may be revised each term according to their new class schedule.

Students paid through work-study funding may not earn more than half of the yearly award prior to the end of the fall term. Conversely, the unused portion of the fall award is added to the winter term award.

Full-time students should not work more than 20 hours per week except during vacation periods. Work-study students are not permitted to work overtime (40 + hours per week or over 12 hours per day). Overtime hours will be charged to the department budget. The student may not work for pay after the last day of the award period: the last day of winter term finals if awarded work-study for the school year, or the last day specified on the CARF if paid through institutional funds.

The chart below is designed to help estimate the number of hours a student can work per week to meet their annual work-study award. It assumes that the student will work for two terms, not including Thanksgiving, Christmas Break and Spring Break. The standard yearly maximum work-study award is $3,000.

Work Study Conversion Chart
Award Weeks per School Year Amount per Week Hourly Wage Hours per Week*
$3,000 /30 = $100 /$11.10 = 9.00
$3,000 /30 = $100 /$11.75 = 8.50
$3,000 /30 = $100 /$12.50 = 8.00
$3,000 /30 = $100 /$13.10 = 7.50
*rounded to nearest quarter hour

Time Sheets

Supervisors have web time sheet instructions for both the supervisor and the student. A short instructional video is available that further explains how to enter your time. It is the supervisor's responsibility to train student employees on this process and notify students of deadline dates.

Supervisors are responsible for verifying the accuracy of hours reported. The person signing as the supervisor must have direct knowledge of the hours worked as they appear on the time sheet. These time sheets are official records and as such, are subject to scrutiny through audits and program reviews from institutional, state and federal regulatory agencies. The supervisor is accountable and will be held personally responsible for the accuracy of these records.

The student must submit their time sheet to the supervisor by the entry deadline listed on the payroll calendar. The supervisor must approve their student's time sheet on WebOPUS by the approval deadline listed on the payroll calendar. Students whose time sheets are not submitted or approved by the deadline will be required to request a paper time sheet from the Office of Human Resources and their pay may be delayed. Any paper work-study time sheets turned in more than 30 days late will be paid out of departmental funds, not work-study funds.

Work Study

Work-study is a financial aid program that enables students to work and earn money to meet educational expenses. The work-study program promotes part-time employment for our students. The program is designed for eligible students who are in need of earnings to pursue their post secondary education. It is funded from state and federal sources.

The needs of the on-campus employer, although certainly important, are not the major priority in the work study program. Funds appropriated are intended to supplement rather than supplant other employment funds. Therefore, student employees may not be used to displace regular, non-student employees. Any work performed after the appropriated work study funds have been exhausted or after ineligibility will be compensated by the department.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per term at Fort Lewis College in a regular degree-seeking program of study.
  • Must be awarded work-study as a result of the timely submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) each year.
  • Must demonstrate sufficient financial need (or no-need if applicant for Colorado No-Need Work-Study) as determined by the FAFSA results.
  • Must meet and maintain minimum standards of satisfactory progress as defined by Office of Financial Aid.

Must complete employment paperwork including the federal I-9 form at the Skyhawk Station by providing original documents verifying identity and eligibility to work in the United Stated. See list of acceptable I-9 documents.

In the case of Colorado No-Need Work-Study, all of the above requirements apply, plus the student must be classified as a resident of Colorado for tuition purposes.

Planning for the Next Year

Students paid through the work-study program must qualify for the award each year. THIS IS NOT AUTOMATIC. 

If you plan to re-hire a student, remind your student to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the recommended early submission deadline of November 15th each year. Due to funding limitations, students who do not meet the deadline may not be awarded work-study.

Determine your anticipated student employment needs for each academic year. To create new positions you must fill out a Student Job Description Form. To advertise a student position, the supervisor must post the job on the Career Services website.



The supervisor is strongly encouraged to complete a Student Employee Evaluation Report for the student at least once per academic year. This helps both supervisors and employees communicate ongoing job performance expectations.