On-campus Employment

An international student in F-1 status may work up to 20 hours per week in on-campus employment while enrolled in a full course of study (12 credits for undergraduates, 6 credits for graduate students). As a full-time student, you do not need permission to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week. You will need to show your employer documents which establish your identification and employment eligibility, as listed on the I-9 form.  The I-9 form is something that all new employees must complete. You will need a remark on your I-20 stating “student is eligible to work up to 20 hours per week in on-campus employment” by an Adams State PDSO or DSO. New students may begin working 30 days prior to the start of classes once they have checked in with Adams State and applied for a Social Security Number (if needed).

There is no exception to the on-campus 20 hours-per-week maximum during the major Fall and Spring semesters. On-campus employment may exceed 20 hours a week during vacation periods (summer semester, spring and winter breaks) for students who have maintained full-time status before the vacation, and intend to register for the following semester.

Examples of “on-campus” jobs include, but are not limited to, working at the Nielsen Library, Rex, and in academic and administrative departments. A great way to find on-campus job opportunities is through our Adams State student employment or One Stop website. It has updated postings for open, on-campus jobs available at Adams State.

Off-campus Employment

International students are not approved to work off-campus unless approved for CPT or severe economic hardship. Severe economic hardship is defined as unforeseen circumstances beyond the student’s control. These circumstances may include:

  • loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student
  • substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate
  • inordinate increases in tuition and/or living costs
  • unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student’s source of support
  • medical bills or other substantial and unexpected expenses.