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Student Employment

More than 1,200 students are employed on campus each year. Almost every campus department hires students, who are funded through the federal Work-Study Program, the Florida Work Experience Program, the Helios Work Program, by faculty research grants or directly by University of Tampa departments. In addition, 400+ off-campus student jobs are advertised each year by local employers through the Office of Career Services. UT's convenient downtown location and the area's many tourist attractions help provide students with a variety of job opportunities.

Available to UT students only, both on- and off-campus opportunities are posted on HIRE UT, UT's online career resource website. New students receive access to HIRE UT in the weeks prior to the start of classes. International students are restricted to on-campus employment and opportunities that qualify as curricular practical training.
Federal Work Study: Eligibility is based on need (determined by the FAFSA) and is awarded to full-time undergraduate students as part of their financial aid package. Work study funds do not appear on student accounts, because the students earn a paycheck for hours worked. Once awarded, students are responsible for acquiring a job and earning the funds.

Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP): FWEP provides undergraduate Florida residents with work experience to complement and reinforce education and career goals. Students qualify based on need (determined by the FAFSA). Proof of residency is required. FWEP funds do not appear on student accounts because students earn a paycheck for hours worked. 

Success Scholars Work-Study Program: Eligibility is based on financial need (determined by the FAFSA), academic major, grade level and status as a minority and/or first-generation student in college. Work-Study funds will not reduce the balance due on your tuition bill; students earn a paycheck for hours worked. Once awarded, students are responsible for acquiring a job and earning the funds. The Office of Student Success will reach out to students for placement in Success Scholars Work-Study positions in the weeks prior to the start of classes.  

Current On-Campus Job Opportunities

Here are just a few examples of student job opportunities on campus:
  • Upper class students are hired by the First Year Program as Gateways Mentors.
  • Residence Life hires more than 150 student resident hall and desk assistants each year.
  • IT hires more than 50 computer lab assistants each year.
  • The Academic Center for Excellence and Saunders Writing Center hire tutors.
  • The Office of Admissions hires public relations assistants and tour guides.
  • The Office of Campus Recreation depends on many students during late afternoon and evening hours to assist in the many programs and services offered.
  • Media Services and the library also employ students to assist in daily operations.
  • Sixty percent of the students who participate in an internship are paid for their work.
  • Officers of Student Government and Student Productions receive grants (awarded through financial aid) for leadership in these organizations. Requires full-time enrollment.
  • The editors of the Minaret (campus newspaper), Moroccan (yearbook) and Neon (literary magazine) receive grants (awarded through financial aid) to manage key student-run publications. Requires full-time enrollment.
UT department heads or supervisors seeking student employees should contact the financial aid specialist at (813) 253-6219.

Employment Paperwork

Upon accepting an on-campus job, regardless of how the position is being funded, the following completed documents are required. All forms are turned in to the financial aid specialist, who will ensure they are processed appropriately. For information on acceptable documents that establish identity, see the student employment acceptable identification list.
  •  Confidentiality Statement  
  •  Agreement to Participate  
  •  I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification 
  •  Payroll Authorization Form  
  •  International Student Employment Form (international students only)
  •  Foreign National Tax Information Form (international students only)

All supervisors can find these forms on SpartanWeb.

Time Sheets

Before a paycheck can be issued, the appropriate paperwork (listed above) must be completed and approved by the financial aid specialist as well as the completed time sheet, with supervisor approval, and turned in to the UT Payroll Office. The supervisor will advise the student on due dates for time sheets and will provide the student with the appropriate time sheet. 


Most campus job opportunities have students working an average of 10 to12 hours per week and earning federal minimum wage. All student employees are paid on a twice-monthly schedule. A student's first paycheck is disbursed once all employment paperwork is complete and their first time sheet is turned in. Students who start working when classes begin in August typically receive their first paycheck at the end of September.

Students have the option to receive paper checks or Automatic Direct Deposit. To receive Automatic Direct Deposit the student must complete the Direct Deposit Form, available from UT's Payroll Office.