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Work Study and Regents Service Program

Work Study

Work Study may be offered if you have submitted a FAFSA or Institutional Methodology for determining financial need. Work Study subsidizes on-campus student employment. The employer benefits from hiring a work study student because the funds pay up to 75% of the wages earned; the student benefits by earning wages and learning new skills while working around their class schedule. In addition, since Work Study wages are considered financial aid, the wages earned are an exemption on Worksheet C of the FAFSA. Each student awarded Work Study is responsible for contacting prospective on-campus employers to obtain a job. A referral letter is emailed to work study students late in the summer as an introduction to employers. Funds are limited so if you were not offered Work Study on your initial Offer Letter, contact our office to be added to the waitlist after June 1st. Work Study funds are only available to support employment between September 1st and May 31st annually. Search for On-campus employment.

Regents Service Program - Departmental Grant

2014-2015 Regent's Service Program Awardees

Center for Learning & Literacy
Julie Pennington, Ph.D

Criminal Justice partnered with Children's Cabinet & Safe Talk
Monica Miller

College of Engineering - MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)
Shanelle Davis

College of Engineering - Mobile Engineering Lab
Elyse Bozsik

Dean's Future Scholars
Mariluz Garcia

Monika Mala

Upward Bound
Ellen Houston

Washoe County School District
Lisa-Marie Lightfoot

Christina Zuniga

The Regents Service Program at the University of Nevada, Reno is designed to provide our students with paid service/work which makes contributions that meet the critical needs of the community, our state or our university as well as the student employee. The application deadline is April 11th and a total of $225,000 will be awarded. All applicants will be notified of their funding status by the end of April.

The priority of the Regent's Service Program is literacy programs specific to K-12(which must not include classroom instruction). Regent's Service Program student positions may not be used to supplant personnel needs or be used in the general way of work study positions. Tasks assigned to employees hired under the Regent's Service Program must enhance the student employee's record of accomplishment related to their career goals or academic objectives. Graduate assistantships can be funded but may not have the same role as other state-funded graduate assistants within the department/college and they may not be teaching assistants. The responsibilities assigned to graduate assistants hired through the Regent's Service Program must enhance their record of accomplishment related to their future career and/or academic objectives (e.g. management or leadership roles). Graduate assistant positions will be funded for 10 months at the minimum monthly stipend (currently $1,550 per month) and include standard grant-in-aid and insurance benefits.

Applicants are restricted to serving populations from physical locations within a 5 mile radius of the UNR main campus because of the link between student persistence and proximity to campus as well as transportation challenges many students face. We request that you identify a minimum and maximum funding request as well as provide a budget summary. An applicant's assessment process both from the perspective of the population served and the UNR student's employed is important.

Applications are reviewed by a committee and rated on the following:

  • Contributions to K-12 literacy
  • Contributions to the State of Nevada, surrounding community or the university
  • Tasks and responsibilities that complement the preferred academic major
  • Demonstrated opportunity for the student employee to develop a record of accomplishment relevant to career/academic objectives
  • Identified assessment measures

Each successful Regents Service Program applicant will be invited to training on hiring and program reporting in early May. The program is responsible for hiring student employees who meet one of six defined need criteria (identified in the Regent's Service Program Guidelines 2b) in the high-level skilled roles identified in the application. 

Please contact Ashley Salisbury ( or 682-8017) with questions.

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