Off-Campus Employment: Students
The city of Seattle is a metropolitan hub unsurpassed for its offering of jobs, internships, and service-learning opportunities. As an SPU student seeking off-campus employment, you could not be better situated. Seattle Pacific is located directly on the bus line to downtown Seattle, and close to many local businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford.
Types of off-campus employment
Three types of off-campus employment are available to you as a student, depending on your eligibility as determined by your FAFSA — Washington State Work Study, Federal Work Study Community Service, and regular part-time employment.
- Washington State Work Study. State Work Study is need-based (determined by your FAFSA) employment funded by the state of Washington. Students who are awarded State Work Study must be Washington state residents, must be enrolled at least half-time, and must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students with a declared major or minor in the School of Theology are ineligible. A limited number of positions are available.
- Federal Work Study Community Service. This is federally funded need-based (determined by your FAFSA) employment. Students who are awarded Federal Work Study must be enrolled at least half-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Current positions help at-risk youth and the homeless throughout our local community. A limited number of positions are available.
- Regular part-time jobs. There are hundreds of off-campus non-work study positions surrounding SPU, and SPU students have an excellent reputation in the greater Seattle area (and beyond!). It’s a reputation that goes before you into the interview process.
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Along with regular employment opportunities, you may want to consider community service volunteer opportunities. Visit the John Perkins Center site for more information.
Summer employment opportunities
Part-time non-work study positions are available throughout the year, including during the summer. Additionally, some State Work Study positions are available in the summer. Both options are a great opportunity for students to earn funds in preparation for the upcoming academic year.
The amount you are eligible to earn for summer State Work Study will vary each year depending on available funding, your summer enrollment (if any), and your demonstrated financial need as determined by the upcoming academic year FAFSA.
If you have any financial aid requirements for the upcoming academic year, they will need to be completed before summer eligibility can be determined. If you are enrolled less than half-time during the summer (0–5 hours for undergraduate or 0–2 for graduate), you are required to save 40 percent of your gross earnings for the upcoming academic year.
SPU applications for summer aid will be available in April. For specifics about student eligibility and procedures, contact SFS.