Human Resources
Mitchell 1st Floor, MS: 7425
Phone: (509) 963-1202
Fax: (509) 963-1733

Considerations in Student Off-Campus Work & Work-Study

At a Glance

  • Many businesses in the Ellensburg area seek CWU students to work for them
  • Students who choose (or need) to work more than 19 hours per week (the limit for on-campus employment) may prefer working off-campus.
  • Off-campus employment does not affect your financial aid and does not count within the 19 hour limit (unless it is an off-campus Work-Study job).

Off-Campus Job Board

Students may prefer to seek employment off-campus. The Ellensburg area is small enough that students can walk to most off-campus job sites within a half-hour. Students who choose (or need) to work more than 19 hours per week (the limit for on-campus employment) may prefer working off-campus.


Contact employers directly to apply. Contact information is included on each listing. Employers are instructed to notify us when a position is filled. If a job is posted, we assume it is still available. If you find a listing that is filled, please let us know so we can remove it. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you experience a problem with an employer included on this job board.

Off-campus resources are provided as a courtesy only. All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees is handled directly between the student and the employer. The Financial Aid office does not perform background checks on students applying for jobs, nor on employers posting job opportunities. Employers and students are encouraged to request reference information from each other to establish qualifications, credentials and overall fit between the employer and the student applicant.

All job listings are posted at the discretion of the Financial Aid office. The Central Washington University Financial Aid office will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, disabled or Vietnam Era veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. All jobs posted must pay at least the current minimum hourly wage in the state in which the work is to be performed. We do not post jobs that require an initial monetary investment from the student, or jobs posted by a third party. The Financial Aid office reserves the right to refuse to post jobs that in our judgment do not appear to support the interests of the University.

The Central Washington University Financial Aid office acts only as a free-of-charge job posting service and makes no particular recommendations regarding employers. We make no representations or guarantees about positions posted by this office. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment. We do not research the integrity of each organization or individual person who lists a job with us. Therefore, you are urged to perform due diligence when offering, applying for, or accepting private off-campus employment, as you are doing so completely at your own risk.

Some general advice: Beware of apparent job postings or "opportunities" you may see on websites, bulletin boards, and other locations that seem too good to be true, especially if it requires an initial "registration fee" or "initial investment" to be considered, and NEVER wire money to someone for an upfront fee. Check with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's office in the state where the business or employer is located for more information. Just as you must be alert for email phishing scams and other dangers on the internet, you must also be aware of employment scams that prey on the unwary. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! If you have been scammed, contact the local law enforcement and the WA State Attorney General's office to report it.

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