Many students finance their education through part-time jobs. Research has shown that students who work up to 12 hours per week have higher grade point averages than students who do not work.

On-campus employment

No commuting to work, flexible hours, and lots of opportunities to make new friends. Iowa State's Student Employment Center (SEC) provides several resources to students regarding student employment. The SEC operates the Student Job Board, a great resource for finding both work-study and non work-study jobs.

International student employment

Many Iowa State international students work on campus while enrolled. If you will be on an F-1 Student Visa, you may work on campus provided you are maintaining F-1 status, you do not work more than a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session, and you do not displace a U.S. resident.

You may be employed full time during holidays and vacation periods, including summer vacations, if you’re eligible and intend to register for the next school term. Most on-campus jobs pay more than minimum wage. You will be required to pay income taxes on any wages you earn.