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Student Employment Opportunities

KPU offers two types of student positions for current KPU students:

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Work Study Student Assistant

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The Work Study Program offers part-time job opportunities for full-time KPU undergraduate students. The program provides financial assistance and career related employment experiences to students with demonstrated financial need. In recognizing that students' first commitment is to their studies, these positions are flexible and can offer challenging work and future experience for students who will work remotely with faculty members, administrative and academic units. Work Study awards are adjudicated by the Student Awards and Financial Assistance (SAFA) Office while work-study placements are arranged through the Career Development Centre.

Approved applicants are placed on a first-come, first-served basis until available funding has been fully allocated.

What is a Work Study?

This program is an initiative designed to assist students who show financial need by offering part-time student assistant jobs.  KPU faculty and staff can hire students that are eligible for the program as per specific student criteria  and receive subsidies from SAFA.

What are the criteria to apply?

Student must …

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a domestic student
  • Be enrolled in full time studies during Fall and Spring semesters (9 credits or more) during the work term (Students extended until Summer requires to be enrolled a minimum of 3 credits only)
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

How many hours per week can a student work?

maximum of 15 hours per week

When can a student apply for Work Study?

For the positions starting on the Fall term, students can start applying as early as June.

For the positions starting on the Spring term, students can start applying on November. 


Please note: Since one of the student eligibility requirements requires students to be studying full-time during their work terms, and since it’s not until July that students can enroll for classes, please expect that the hiring process will not proceed until July or August.

What is the wage?

Rate of pay is $15.20 per hour (or current B.C. minimum wage rate) plus 4% vacation pay


How to Apply

1. Fill up the Work Study Student Eligibility Form and email to the Student Awards and Financial Assistance (SAFA) at

2. SAFA will review your form based on the Student Eligibility Criteria:

  • domestic student
  • in ‘Good Academic Standing’ with a CGPA of 2.0 or Higher
  • have a financial need
  • Taking 9 credits or more during the Fall and Spring work terms  (only 3 credits needed to extend work term for Summer)
  • Taking 6 credits or more for students with permanent disabilities  (only 3 credits needed to extend work term for Summer)

Note: Students that applied before registering for classes will be put on hold until the student has met the minimum credits needed to be eligible for Work Study

3. SAFA will send you a notification if you are eligible for Work Study or not

4. If eligible, log in to Career Connection, KPU's online job posting system and go to the Job Postings tab. In the Position Type drop-down menu, select Work Study

5. Review the Work Study positions, and apply to those of interest by uploading your resume or other documents required by the hiring manager.

The application process is the same as for other types of employment. If you qualify for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly.

*Students with a documented permanent disability through StudentAid BC (as assessed through their grant/loan application) are eligible to participate in Work-Study at a reduced course load (minimum 6.0 credit hours, i.e. 40%).

Student Assistant

As a Student Assistant you will gain experience working in a variety of departments, similar to Work Study positions; but, are not required to be approved for a student loan. Positions are open to domestic and international students and are available throughout the year.


What is a Student Assistant position?

A Student Assistant position is an on-campus employment for students working as support assistance for faculty and staff

Who can apply?

Open to all current KPU students (domestic and international students are eligible)

Priority is given to students enrolled in full time studies (9 credits or more).

How many hours per week can students work?

15 hours maximum

What is the position duration?

No limit 

How many terms can students work?

No limit

What is the wage?

Minimum wage 

How to Apply

  1. Log in to Career Connection.
  2. Click the Job Postings tab. In the Position Type drop-down menu, select Student Assistant.
  3. Apply to positions of interest by uploading your resume.

If you qualify for an interview, the Hiring Manager will contact you directly.



 Contact Career Development Centre: or 604-599-3051