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Job Search Overview


Students looking for on campus employment in the Big Rapids area can view open positions on Ferris State University career website. To access the Ferris State University career website, log into Ferris360 and search for Student Job Postings.

Basic Eligibility/Requirements

Students must typically be enrolled at least half time to be eligible to work on campus. For undergraduate students 6 credits is considered half time, for graduate students 5 credits is half time. Students are allowed to work up to 24 hours per week during the academic year (fall/spring semesters).

Types of Jobs Available

There are a variety of jobs available on campus. For instance the dining facilities, residence halls, UREC, academic offices, grounds crew and every other department on campus hires student employees. .

Work Study vs. non Work Study

Some jobs require that you have work study to apply for them. Work study is a financial aid program that is awarded to eligible students based on their financial aid application. Work study jobs are funded by the federal government and the student wages do not come from the department’s budget. Because the student salary is paid by these funds some departments only hire students with work study funding.

Hiring Process

After you have been offered employment there will be several forms for you to complete. You must complete an I-9 form. Your employer will ask you to bring original documents to completed section 2 of the I-9.  These must be original, physical documents and cannot be copies or photographs.  You can find out more information about the I-9 and the types of acceptable documentation here.

You will also be asked to present your Social Security card to ensure that your name and social security number are reported correctly to the IRS for tax purposes. The other forms you will be required to complete are the federal, state and city W-4s. The purpose of the W-4 is to make sure that our Payroll office is taxing your income as you have indicated. Here is a link to instructions to complete the W-4.

Depending on the position you are being hired for, there may be additional forms for you to complete such as confidentiality forms, criminal background checks etc.

Getting Paid

Students who work on campus get paid every two weeks (every other Friday). Students may choose to receive a Focus Pay Card or set up a direct deposit account. Click Here

If you have an outstanding bill with the University, your student pay check does NOT apply directly to the bill. It is your responsibility to contact Student Financial Services for payment. Student wages start at the minimum wage and go up depending on the responsibility/skill level of work the student is performing. Click Here