Regular Student Employment

Many departments hire students and pay 100 percent of the student's wages earned out of their own operating budget. Students do not need to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to participate in regular student employment.

Students not enrolled during the summer semester may work during the summer semester under regular student employment. The student must have been enrolled for at least half-time credit hours from the previous spring semester.


  • Undergraduate enrollment requirement of six credits/semester
  • Graduate/professional enrollment requirement of five credits/semester
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA requirement of 2.0
  • Graduate/professional cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0
  • May not replace or fill a permanent staff position
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident with an I-151 or an I-551, or an alien authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to work in the United States. Refer to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form for additional information.
  • Your UNLV department must have sufficient funds to maintain your employment.
  • You must maintain six credits/semester (undergraduate) or five credits/semester (graduate). If you drop below less than half-time status, you are no longer allowed to work. Students may be hired under a nonstudent contract as described below.

To Apply

  • Visit the Career Services page to view and select a job.
  • Contact the employer directly to apply.
  • Interview for the position and be hired by the employer.
  • Students seeking regular student employment may not apply for an advertised federal work study position. You must have been previously awarded federal work study by the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office to apply for a federal work study position.

Your employer will help you complete all necessary payroll forms before you begin working and will notify the Work Study Unit of your employment.


The amount you earn cannot exceed the budgeted amount from the department hiring you for the school year. UNLV limits the amount a student can work no more than 20 hours per week from all UNLV employment opportunities.


Once you are hired into a Regular Student Employment job and have completed all needed payroll paperwork, you will:

  • Keep a record of the hours you have worked.
  • Submit your timesheet to your employing department once every two weeks.
  • Receive a payroll check for the hours you reported.
  • Earn anywhere from $8.25 per hour to $12.75 per hour.

Your Earnings Will Not...

Be available to help pay your tuition and fees at the start of each semester.