A building on the Valpo campus with large windows.


At Valparaiso University, student employees are guaranteed to earn the federal minimum wage, and can earn more depending on the position and any merit raises. The University Comptroller, Office of Financial Aid, Office of Human Resource Services, and Payroll Office review the pay scale each year. Student employees are allowed to earn merit raises. Raises are awarded from the supervisor for satisfactory work.

Job Classifications 

  • Aid in the running of an office/department/area
  • Typically, customer service and/or daily task focus
  • Can be trained
  • Little/no experience needed
  • Manual labor type of function
  • Specific skill set deemed helpful
  • Can be trained
  • Little/no experience needed
  • Specific and experienced skill set preferred
  • Not easily trained
  • Possess prior knowledge or baseline of subject
  • Significant responsibility
  • Significant role in initiating the research or initiative
  • Involved in all aspects of the research or initiative
  • Contributes meaningfully to the end product
  • Supervises/mentors/trains less experienced student assistants

(Exceptions to the policy are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must have approval of the supervisor and vice president or the academic dean and the Provost).