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Eligibility Requirements

In accordance with the Illinois Civil Service Statute and Rules (Chapter VI, Section 250.70) and University Policies, a student must meet the following criteria to be considered for hire as a student employee:

Fall and Spring Semesters

A student may be hired as a student worker for the fall and spring semester if:

  • The student must be registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  • The student must have a GPA of 2.0 or above if they are an undergraduate, and a GPA of 3.0 or above if they are a graduate student. If the student employee does not meet the minimum GPA requirement, see the Academic Probation permit on the Human Resource website.

Summer Semester

A student may be hired as a student worker for the summer semester if:

  • The student is enrolled for at least 3 credit hours during the summer semester; or
  • The student was enrolled as a student during the spring semester for a minimum of 6 semester hours; or
  • The student has indicated their intention to be registered for the Fall semester for a minimum of 6 semester hours.
  • The student must have a GPA of 2.0 or above if they are an undergraduate, and a GPA of 3.0 or above if they are a graduate student. If the student employee does not meet the minimum GPA requirement see the Academic Probation section of this manual.

Note: Students taking less than three semester hours during the summer are subject to FICA deductions.

If the student does not meet the above listed 6-hour enrollment requirement for the fall and spring semester, the student will need to be hired as Extra Help, and processed through Contracts, Records, and Reports.

International Students

International Students on a visa must, in accordance with INS regulations, be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours during the fall and spring semesters to qualify for student employment and are subject to the same GPA requirements as non-international students. Graduate students are required to maintain 9 credit hours, with the exception of students holding assistantships. Graduate students on assistantships must maintain 6 credit hours. International students are not required to attend summer session and may work 37.5 hours during the summer.