Work-Study Opportunities

Luther College work-study opportunities are available to all students. Earn money while you contribute to the campus community and gain valuable professional experience.

How It Works

As long as you’re legally eligible to work in the United States, you can participate in work study, either through the federally funded work-study program or in a Luther-funded position. Typically students are allowed to work an average of six to 10 hours a week. It’s important that work study allows time for your classes and other campus activities!

You can apply work-study income directly to your tuition or receive a paycheck for personal expenses.

First-Year Students

As a first-year student, if you file a FAFSA, you’ll receive a financial aid award that provides an opportunity for a work-study position. If you choose not to file a FAFSA and are interested in work study, please contact us and we’ll include a work-study opportunity in your financial aid award. Generally students are assigned work-study positions in dining services, facilities, or grounds. However, positions are also available in a variety of other areas such as Marketing and Communications, Preus Library, the Information Technology Help Desk, and various academic departments on campus.

Is a Work-Study Job Worth It?

On our Inside College Admissions blog, Luther student CecĂ­lia Gomes ’23 reflects on the benefits of having a work-study position in college.

A female work-study student waters plants in the greenhouse with a watering can

Finding the Right Job

There are many on-campus job opportunities. For instance, if you’re interested in:

  • Sports–you might find a job assisting recruiters, officiating intramurals, managing a team, or supervising the climbing wall or ropes course.
  • Computers or programming–you might work in tech support or with Luther’s marketing operations team.
  • The environment–you may want to consider working with the campus gardeners or as part of Luther’s recycling and waste-reduction programs.
  • Academics–you may want to work as a research assistant or tutor within your major or minor.
  • Media–you could take photographs for Chips (Luther’s student newspaper), DJ a show on campus station KWLC, or create content with Luther’s marketing team.

These are just a few examples of the many areas in which Luther students work on campus!

Work in the Local Community

Students with federal work-study funding also have the option of off-campus jobs, such as tutoring at an area school or daycare, helping to harvest and cross-pollinate at Seed Savers Exchange, assisting at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, working in the gallery at Decorah’s Art Haus, and many other positions.

The Luther Work-Study Experience