Student Work Programs

Work Study Program

Cleary University participates in a federal government work-study program. Work-study programs provide jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who have financial need, allow students to earn wages to help pay educational expenses and help students gain much needed experience.

Work-study wages are dependent upon the type of work and skill level needed for the position, and the current year funding level at the University. Current wages for the 2011-2012 academic year are $7.40 per hour for on-campus work-study students and $8.00 per hour for off-campus work-study students. Students may earn up to $350 per term, working between 15 and 20 hours per week and taking at least 12 credits per term. Combined earnings along with the grant could accumulate to the equivalent of one Cleary undergraduate course.

On-campus college work-study students work within a department at the school and are supervised by departmental staff. Off-campus students work for a nonprofit organization or public agency where the work is performed for the general public. Examples of off-campus work include: a reading tutor position in the America Reads program or working for the local crisis center.

In addition to the above description, college work-study students:

  • Are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • Are not allowed to work during the time they are scheduled to be in class.
  • Are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  • Are required to have need in their financial aid budget, determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Are required to complete a college work-study application.

For available work study positions, click here.

Work-to-Learn Program (WTL)

Cleary University’s Work-to-Learn program’s intent is to enable students in undergraduate programs to have the ability to work on campus to assist with tuition costs.

The WTL award offer will be based on direct educational expenses for one four-credit class per term not covered by other types of grant or scholarship aid, providing the student is registered for at least 16 (four, four-credit classes per term) or 12 (two, six-credit classes per term) credit hours in a degree-seeking program. Students will have the ability to earn a portion of their scholarship by working between 15 to 20 hours per week at the current Michigan minimum wage ($7.40 per hour). The student has the option of receiving a payroll check which is routed by direct deposit or having the amount of the payroll check credited to his or her Cleary account. The other portion of the program is a $350 grant applied each term that the student is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program and working at least 15 hours per week.

All undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the WTL program, but not all students will be selected to participate. Interviews will be required and students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Program eligibility could be in jeopardy when dropping below required per term credits. For application and details, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

A limited number of positions exist; click here for a full listing. Qualified applicants will be selected based on successful completion of an interview and approval of the department supervisor. 

Graduate Assistants (GA)

Students in this category must have earned an undergraduate degree and currently working toward their graduate degree. Students in this position are expected to bring experience and expertise to their role.

The following types of activities are deemed to be well suited for the Graduate Assistant role:

  • Specialized Recruitment
  • Faculty Chair Assistants
  • Fundraising Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Web Coordinator
  • Student Activities Coordinator

The Graduate Assistant, while enrolled in the Cleary University MBA program, is required to take at least one graduate class per session (four credits) and remain in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) in an MBA program. If the student withdraws from coursework, eligibility for the assistantship and scholarship ends immediately.

Graduate Assistants will be paid a stipend of $500/month, $250 per payroll period, pro-rated if the GA is not employed for the entire month. The GA will work an average of 24 hours per week for the University, either on or off-campus. GA supervisors are responsible for ensuring performance expectations are met and for terminating the assistantship if they are not met.

Graduate Assistants will also receive a 75% graduate tuition scholarship for their Cleary University MBA program providing the above standards and requirements have been met. Scholarships will not be applied to additional courses needed due to poor academic progress.

Please click here for available Graduate Assistant positions.