Office of Student Employment


What is GriffonLink?

GriffonLink is the Missouri Western Web based, employment resource tool for students and alumni.

How will I benefit from student employment? 

Student employment provides students with valuable work experiences, networking opportunities with the campus and community, opportunities to expand  future career choices, and much more.

Who is eligible for Student Employment?

Any student who is enrolled in at least six credit hours a semester and is eligible for employment in the United States may apply for student employment. Financial need is not a factor of student employment eligibility. For more information regarding work study eligibility please contact the office of Financial Aid at (816)271-4361 or visit their website

What is Work Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a form of financial aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet certain eligibility requirements. For more information about Federal Work Study, click the following link:

Will my Federal Work Study Award be applied directly to my account?

No, you receive the earnings in the form of a monthly paycheck on the 20th and may utilize the funds as you wish. It will only be applied toward your account if you apply it directly.

How do I get Paid?

Students get paid on the 20th of every month, which for convenience can be directly deposited into an existing checking or saving account.   For access to the 2014 Payroll Calender click here:  Monthly Pay schedule.

For more information please contact the Payroll office at (816)271-4581 or visit their website at

If I have Federal Work-Study will I be guaranteed a job?

No, you are not guaranteed a job. You must apply for a student employment position directly with the department that has a position vacancy posted.

How many hours can I work?

You can work up to 20 hours a week during the semester.

How much money will I earn?

Most positions pay the state minimum wage, currently $7.50 per hour. Other positions pay $7.60, $7.75 or $8.50 per hour. The job posting will indicate the wage rate.

How do I find a job?

Jobs are posted on the Student Employment  Job board known as GriffonLink.

How do I log on to GriffonLink?

Using your MWSU user ID and password you can log in to your profile.

When is the best time to start looking for a job?

The best time to look for a fall position is the end of June right after registration. Jobs will continue to be posted throughout the summer.

Where is the Student Employment Office?

The Office of Student Employment is located in Eder 202.

How can I contact the Office of Student Employment?

You can contact the Student Employment Office at (816) 271-4292

or by e-mail at