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 2015-2016 academic year are $8.15  per hour for on-campus work-study students and off-campus work-study students. 

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 or working for the local crisis center.

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. This program is set up for students who may not be eligible for Federal Work Study Funds.

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. 

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.

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.


In addition to the above description, college work-study students and work-to-learn 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 for undergraduate and 3.0 GPA for graduate students
  • Are required to have need in their financial aid budget, determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Are registered in a degree seeking program.

For available work study positions, click here.



Graduate Assistants (GA)

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

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.