Student Hourly Employee Work Policy

Student employees working for CU are limited to a maximum of 25 hours per week, or 50 hours per bi-weekly pay period, during the fall and spring semesters and to 40 hours per week (or 80 hours per bi-weekly pay period) during the summer.

Graduate & International Students 

Existing policies which apply to graduate and international students will continue to limit them to 20 hours per week during the academic year. During campus breaks, supervisors may submit the Exception Request Form to request more hours only if there is a business or academic purpose. Requests will not be approved based on a student’s desire to work more hours. The policy does not affect students working in non-University off-campus jobs, though we encourage students to prioritize their academics first when considering outside work commitments.

For more information, view the campus policy and our frequently asked questions.

Employer Handbooks

Student Employment publishes annual handbooks for both on-campus employers and off-campus work-study employers.

On-Campus Handbook

Off-Campus Handbook


University of Colorado Boulder Student Employment services are provided free of charge to employers and to CU students seeking employment. All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees is handled directly between the student and the employer. Read our full disclaimer.

The University of Colorado does not discriminate in its educational and employment programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed, religion, or veteran status. Inquiries to the university concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the campus Title IX coordinator or to the Office of Civil Rights.