Student employees are a valuable asset to the Bluffton community. Through the Learn &
Earn program students may gain work experience in their area of academic study, identify
career objectives, gain transferable skills that can be useful in a variety of careers and earn a paycheck.
Recognized for excellence by Student Loan Report
The Student Loan Report highlighted Bluffton University for it’s participation in the Federal Work-Study
(FWS) program. In 2017, Bluffton University ranked 78 out of over 400 private schools
who offered FWS jobs to students.
This means that your school offered some of the best opportunities for students to
work, learn and earn during school compared to the rest of the country.
This report analyzes the average Federal Work-Study compensation at hundreds of private,
4-year universities and colleges. The data is licensed from Peterson’s Financial Aid
data set which is comprised of self-reported data by the colleges for the academic
Campus jobs open to all students
Any traditional undergraduate student attending Bluffton University is eligible to
work in the Learn & Earn program. Eligibility for a campus job is included in most
financial aid awards. While this does not guarantee a work assignment for every student,
the majority of students who wish to work on campus are offered a job.
To be considered for campus employment, students must submit a Learn & Earn application.
Student jobs range from 2 to 10 hours per week depending on the type of job. First-year
students earn minimum wage. Returning students who remain in their current job for
the following year or work in a job related to their major field of study may be eligible
for a merit-based pay increase each year of $.25 per hour. Paychecks are issued on
the 15th of each month for time worked the previous month. Direct deposit
into a personal bank account is an option.
Student worker training sessions are offered each semester by the campus jobs office
and the Center for Career and Vocation. Student workers are expected to attend and
are paid for the one hour session. Topics presented have included teamwork, customer
service, skill building, diversity, credit reports, identity theft, budgeting/money
flow and educational/career choices.
There are forms
that must be completed before a student will be permitted to work. These forms must
be completed and returned along with appropriate, acceptable identification, to the
business office receptionist located in the lower level of College Hall.
if you have questions about the Learn & Earn Program.