Student Employment

Prior to beginning work as a student employee at HPU, the student must complete the employment eligibility verification form (I-9). There are several documents a student may choose from to meet the employment eligibility requirement. The I-9 form provides a complete listing of acceptable documents. 

Students must provide the original document(s). copies and e-mail pictures will not be acceptable. An example of acceptable documentation would be a valid driver’s license (or state ID) and social security card. 

Click here or the link below to access the Student Employment Application.

Work-Study Employment

There are two student employee work study programs. The only difference between the two is funding resources.

Students must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. Work-Study employees are paid minimum wage, must submit a timesheet each period, and are paid twice each month.

Students eligible for work-study are not guaranteed a job. The student is referred to a specific office or department according to job availability and departmental needs. The student will interview with individual supervisors. If the student and the supervisor are in mutual agreement, the student is hired. The supervisor will submit an Employee Authorization Form to the Office of Financial Aid. The final decision concerning the selection and hiring of student employees is made by the employing department/office after interviewing the students.

New employees must provide proof of U.S citizenship or eligibility to work in the U.S. A list of the acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the Employment Verification Form (I-9). It is the student’s responsibility to submit the completed employment documents to the Office of Human Resources (HR) PRIOR to beginning a work schedule.

The amount of the students’ work-study award will dictate the maximum number of hours per week the student is eligible to work. Students usually work 10 to 15 hours per week. Students may not work more than 20 hours per week while enrolled in classes. This policy is intended to protect the academic pursuits of the student. The following chart indicates the approximate number of work hours needed in order to earn the amount awarded. The amounts are based on minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) for approximately 16 weeks.

Award for One SemesterHours Per Week
$1,16010
$1,40012
$1,75015

The budget of the specific department hiring the student may limit the student to a lower number of hours per week than he/she is eligible to work or would like to work. The student may not earn more than the amount awarded and must adjust his/her work schedule accordingly. Students may not work in two different jobs at the same time.Need-based employment on campus must be coordinated with other financial aid programs. Applicants are issued an award allotment and those earnings cannot exceed that award allotment. Student employment opportunities through the work-study program are available both on and off campus. Students may not work through the Federal Work-Study program in any area of the Baptist Student Ministries or the School of Christian Studies. Student must be eligible for need based work study in order to work with off-campus organizations that focus on “community service” and HPU has an agreement. Current off-campus locations include the Latch Key Program, Boys and Girls Club, and the Brownwood Public Library. Students in off-campus locations are paid in the same manner as the students employed on campus.

Institutional Employment

The Institutional Employment Program is an institutionally-funded work program. Students submit a timesheet showing hours worked and are paid minimum wage. Students will receive a paycheck for hours worked. This is not a need-based form of employment. Earnings from this program must be included when completing the FAFSA.