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. 

UPDATE: Remote onboarding ONLY due to the "Shelter In Place".

See COVID-19 Student Employment FAQS here

Remote Hiring/Onboarding/Blue Card Information

Students need to book an online onboarding appointment. When booking an appointment please keep in mind that it is not advised booking same-day appointments in order to give yourself enough time to complete steps 1-4 with a Student Employment representative. 

   -After the student is hired they will receive an autogenerated confirmation email with instructions for booking an online appointment as well as completing section 1 of their I-9 form. (ALL students will need to refer to List A, List B, and List C identification documents. ALL documents provided must be ORIGINALS in order to complete the hiring process. We cannot accept copies.)


   STEP 1-The student employee is to complete section 1 of the I-9 form (instructions and link for completing are received within the hire email sent to each new/rehire after the hire button is clicked by the supervisor)


 STEP 2-The student employee must find an Authorized Represenattive such as a friend, family member etc to complete Section 2 of the I-9 form for them. Make sure to email  with the AR's name and email address in order for section 2 of the I-9 to be activated for completion.


STEP 3 -Once the I-9 has been completed and approved the student employee will then receive the payroll sign up packet via DocuSign.


STEP 4-Once all documents have been completed a virtual “Blue Card” will be sent via email to the Supervisor/Student/Timekeeper. This will be confirmation that the student has completed the hiring process and is approved to start working.


All questions or concerns please reach out to the Student Employment Coordinator Makaida Bailey, via email at or

Our Hours

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

Student Employment Opportunities

The Employee Request (ER) system offers both work-study and non-work-study options to work on campus. Check out our Searching for Jobs guide for step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the system.

Work-Study versus Non-Work Study

Work-Study is a federal program that allows on-campus and select off-campus employers to hire students at a reduced cost. This option will be offered as financial aid to eligible students who submit a FAFSA application.

Non-Work Study is an option for all students who are seeking a part-time job.

Questions? Visit our FAQ's page.

Help with Documentation

Blue Card On-Boarding

Your 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! Please note that if you are hired into a position that requires you to get fingerprinted, you must FIRST complete fingerprinting. once you receive the email that your fingerprints have cleared you may then come in to get a Blue Card. Please note that during the current campus limiting of in-person contact ALL onboarding will be completed virtually. Blue cards will be in the form of an email to the supervisor. For all onboarding questions please reach out to Makaida Bailey at

International Students

Find more information regarding student employment for international students, including the necessary documentation to sign up for on-boarding.

Getting Paid


CruzPay is the online timekeeping system that you will use to record your hours as a student employee. 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.

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 depositit's easy and convenient!

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