Student Work Study
Working on campus in a work-study position is a great way to learn skills and earn money while you are going to school. Many of the Otero College departments employ students to perform important tasks for the college. Faculty and staff are friendly to work with and they help prepare students for the real world.
Federal Work Study
Federal funds are made available to assist Colorado resident students with their college financing through part-time campus employment. Students approved for this program can be eligible to work a maximum of 15 hours per week when school is in session and 35 hours per week on breaks (depending on the position and the student's unmet financial need).
State funds are made available to assist students with their college financing through part-time campus employment. Students approved for this program can be eligible to work a maximum of 15 hours per week when school is in session and 35 hours per week on breaks (depending on the position and the student's unmet financial need).
Colorado No Need Work Study
State funds are made available to resident students even though they show no need for financial assistance with their college financing. This program gives no-need students an opportunity to receive on the job experience which is helpful when looking for employment after graduation. These positions have the same requirements as the other work-study positions but they are not limited by need. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to qualify for this program.
Student Hourly Employment
While Federal Work Study cannot be awarded to international students, Otero College
provides funding to support a limited number of Student Hourly Employment opportunities
in the International Relations Office to eligible international students. Additionally,
international students who are eligible to work on-campus may apply to be Resident
Assistants in campus housing or apply for positions with
All student employment policy limits all student employment to 15 hours per week.
Working on campus is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, those seeking on-campus employment must meet the following criteria:
- Students must have successfully completed one semester at Otero with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better or two semesters with a minimum of 2.5 or better.
- If at mid-terms the student’s semester GPA has dropped below a 3.5 or 2.5 respectively, their permission to work will be revoked.
- Students awarded On-Campus Employment must maintain their employment in a satisfactory manner or their permission to work on-campus may be revoked. To “maintain employment” means to show-up to work as scheduled and perform duties as requested. If students must be late, are ill or must miss work, they are responsible for notifying their supervisor.
Positions and Hours Available for International Students
All international students wanting to work on-campus will need to apply through the International Relations Office. Please note that there are a limited number of positions and funds available and therefore not everyone eligible to work may have the opportunity.
Note: No student may begin work without getting the proper authorization.
Hours allocated: Student Hourly Employment hours will be awarded based on a student’s academic performance and class status:
|Status||Academic Performance||Employment Hours|
|Second Semester Freshman||12 hours to 23 hours completed successfully with a minimum GPA of 3.0||50 hours per term|
|Sophomore||24 hours and over completed successfully with a minimum CGPA of 2.5||50 hours per term|
Students must apply, interview and be granted a position. Please see the International Relations Office for opportunities available. If you do not have a social security card, you will need to apply and receive your card and complete paperwork for Otero before starting your job.
Note: Do not start working until you have been cleared by the human resources office!
Students Who Have Had Their Permission to Work Revoked
- CGPA cause: Students who have had their permission to work revoked due to a decline in their CGPA can apply to have their permission reinstated once their CGPA improves to meet the criteria.
- Failure to maintain employment cause: Students who have failed to maintain employment will have to wait until the following semester to re-apply for On-Campus Employment.