Student Employment

Welcome to Student Employment!

Whether it's across continents or right across campus, banana slugs are changing the world. UC Santa Cruz students are known for their interdisciplinary interests, bold ideas, and commitment to social justice and environmental responsibility. Our student employment team is proud to support thousands of students every year on their journey to career success. 

Finding Employment on Campus

Searching for/applying for on campus jobs

  • You can search and apply for jobs at UCSC through the Employee Request (ER) system. You will need to log in with your student ID and birth date (mm/dd/yy). You must be enrolled in the current (not upcoming or past) quarter to access the system. 
  • Access the ER system and learn more about it here.

Getting hired / onboarding /getting your Blue Card

  • Your employer must officially hire you through the ER system. Once you're hired, you must go through an onboarding process to get your Blue Card. The Blue Card shows your employer you have completed onboarding and are signed up for payroll. Once you've turned in your Blue Card, you're all set to start working!
  • The onboarding process is currently be completed virtually. Once you've been officially hired by your employer, our team will reach out to you by email to begin the process.
  • Click here to learn more about the onboarding process.

Work-study: What is work-study, and how to apply for work-study positions

  • Work-Study is a federal program that allows on-campus and select off-campus employers to hire students at a reduced cost. The program pays half of the student's wages through financial aid and the rest is paid by the employer. 
  • Work-Study is a part of your financial aid package. If you receive a Work-Study option, you are awarded a set dollar amount for the academic year. Your wages may not exceed this set dollar amount - if they do, the on or off-campus organization must pay the full cost of the wages. 
  • Only students who qualify for Work-Study may apply for Work-Study positions, but employment is not guaranteed. 
  • The ER system has a separate tab for work-study positions. Work-Study positions are not posted during the summer. They will be available to apply for by the beginning of fall quarter.

Payment and Timesheets

  • CruzPay is the online timekeeping system that you will use to record your hours as a student employee.
    • Launch CruzPay here.
    • If you do not submit your timesheet on time, you will need to reach out to your Timekeeper to see what is needed in order to get paid on time. Please note that BYA positions do not require logging hours in CruzPay.
  • Direct Deposit & Paychecks
    • By default, your paycheck will be sent as a paper check to the address that is currently on file at UCPath. We recommend that you sign up for a direct deposit—it's easy and convenient!


Contact the Student Employment Team

Virtual Office Hours
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

More questions? Visit our FAQ's page