The Ohio State University at Lima

Student Employment Program FAQ

What is the purpose of the Student Employment program?

The Student Employment program is to assist in meeting the needs of the University, provide University students with financial support in pursuit of their academic goals and provide opportunities for academic or administrative job experience.

Why would I want to participate in the Student Employment program?
These work experiences will help prepare you for future career opportunities. You will learn time management skills, employee responsibility, and in some cases gain leadership experience, while earning a paycheck. Along with strong work habits and job skills, you will also develop an excellent source for future job references to enhance your resume. Having acquired these skills and taking on increasingly greater work responsibilities will be an advantage to you as you enter the job market. In addition, the convenience of working on campus will help you develop ties to the campus community through new friendships and experiences.

What is the difference between Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Wages?
Federal Work Study (FWS) is awarded to students based on financial need and the availability of funds. Students will be notified of their FWS eligibility in the Financial Aid Award Letter. Students must adhere to the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress Policy, must be enrolled at least six credit hours, and may not earn more than their annual FWS award.

Student Wages are available to students who do not meet FWS eligibility requirements.

How do I apply for a job?
Complete and submit a Student Employment Application to the Office of Human Resources. You may apply for more than one job on an application. Applications are available in the Office of Human Resources or online at

Do I need to complete an application ?
Yes, all student employees must have an application on file.

What must be done before I can begin working?
A Student Employment application, tax forms and all required hire paperwork must have been properly completed by the student and your supervisor must have notified HR regarding the hire PRIOR to you starting any work.

What is the pay?
Starting pay rates range from $8.70 to $10.55 per hour.

Where do I get a timecard ?
Timesheets are done online. You will get the instructions for online timesheet entry and submission with your hire paperwork. You may also refer to your reference sheet on this subject or get help from the Office of Human Resources.

When are timecards due?
Timesheet submission is due at the end of the last scheduled work day of each week worked. Your supervisor will have to approve your submitted timesheet by 10:00 a.m. on the following Monday. If your timesheet is not submitted nor approved by the deadline, it will not be paid until the next pay period.

When is payday?
Payday is generally every other Friday. Holidays may require this to change. Please refer to the current biweekly schedule for specific dates.

How do I get more information?

Melissa Coldiron
Phone: 567-242-7277

Mandi Garver
Phone: 567-242-7276

Visit the Human Resources Office:
Public Service Bldg. Room 148A
The Ohio State University at Lima
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804