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ONU recommends that students save $2,000 during the summer months for the following academic year. This will reduce the amount needed by the family. If a student cannot reach this goal, he/she should plan accordingly, through the use of PLUS Loans, Private Educational Loans, or payment plans.
The University’s Counseling and Career Center office serves students and potential employers with referrals and job requests for both campus and community employment. Our students have earned a high reputation for reliable service in the Kankakee County business community.
Part-time employment is available primarily for those who need to earn expense money for personal needs. Types of jobs include secretaries, office workers, janitors, food service workers, data entry clerks, paper-graders, receptionists, chapel-checkers, store clerks, cashiers, and other miscellaneous types of work. In most cases, campus jobs require at least two successive hours free from classes on a daily basis.
Although a large number of students work during the regular school year, the University does not recommend that freshmen endeavor to work more than 10 hours a week during the first semester.
Approximately 700 students have employment in campus jobs during the school year. Priority for campus employment is given to those who qualify for Federal Work Study aid.
Federal Work Study: Campus work through the Federal Work-Study Program is available to students who qualify by way of the FAFSA. Awards are $1,000 per year. However, an eligible student could earn up to a maximum of $2,000 (gross) per academic year. This would require an average of 10 hours of work per week.