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Prospective Employees

Flexible Schedule

One of the biggest benefits of campus employment is flexible working hours. Understanding the importance of your education helps on-campus employers provide you with a manageable work schedule while still having time to attend class, study, and keep a social life.

Time Saving

Another benefit of campus employment is that it doesn't require a commute between school and work. Being able to go quickly from class to work (or vice versa) saves you both time and money!

Networking

An on-campus job is a great place to meet and interact with other students, faculty, and staff. You'll be better able to make new friends and contacts that can help further your academic career!

Academic Success

Many studies show that students who are more active on campus - including having an on-campus job - are more engaged in the campus community and are more likely to succeed academically. In addition, active students tend to have an increased sense of loyalty and identity as a member of the university.

Competitive Salary

Although there are many job opportunities at UNM, CAPS offers some of the most competitive pay that students will find on campus. We understand the difficulties of trying to balance both school and academics, so we work hard to pay our employees fairly for their time, effort, and commitment to our program.

Paid Training

So that we can provide the best services possible, CAPS requires its employees to attend both pre-semester trainings as well as weekly Friday trainings. Here at CAPS, training equals work! Therefore, we pay all of our employees for attending each one of our training sessions.

Flexible Work Schedule

As a learning assistance center, CAPS staff understands the importance of your academics. Therefore, we make every effort to work around your academic life and develop a manageable schedule that works for both you and CAPS.

Time Saving

Having a job at CAPS allows employees to easily shift from school to work without a lengthy (and costly) commute. You're already on campus, so getting from class to work (or vice versa) is a just a short walk away!

Networking

As an employee at CAPS, you will be communicating with other students, faculty, and staff at UNM on a daily basis. Thus, CAPS is a great place to make new friends and connections that will help further your academic career.

Customer Service and Communication

Customer service and communication skills are vital to any job, and CAPS is no different. Therefore, part of our mission is to teach our employees the tools/skills necessary to effectively communicate with anyone they may encounter in their future careers.

Certification

CAPS tutors and SI Leaders are certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Also, CAPS staff has created its own Training Advancement Initiative (TAI) to help guide our employees through the different levels of certification and beyond. CAPS' TAI program is a great way for tutors and SI leaders to increase their knowledge of content material, tutoring pedagogy, tutoring strategies, and learning styles. In addition, CRLA certification looks great on a resume! Click here to learn more about CAPS' training program and CRLA certification.

Fun and Dynamic Work Environment

Overall, CAPS is just a great place to work! Don't believe us? Click here to see what some of our past employees had to say about their experience at CAPS.

Academic Success

Many studies show that students who are more active on campus - including having an on-campus job - are more engaged in the campus community and are more likely to succeed academically.

What is Federal Student Aid?

Federal Student Aid (FSA) plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. FSA partners with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is an application used to determine the dollar amount you or your family will be expected to contribute towards college. Grants, loans, and work study awards are all determined by the FAFSA.

Where can I complete the FAFSA?

The easiest way to complete the FAFSA is at fafsa.ed.gov

However, hard copy applications can also be picked up at the Financial Aid Office.

What is work study?

Work study is a form of financial aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet certain eligibility requirements. Unlike grants and loans that students get to use right away, work study awards are earned by having on-campus jobs. When an employee has work study, only 30% of their paycheck comes out of the employer's budget. The other 70% is paid by the Federal or State Government. Therefore, the more work study employees CAPS has, the more we can hire. THAT'S WHY CAPS LOVES WORK STUDY!!

How do I apply for work study?

Students can apply for work study by completing the FAFSA. There is always a question on the FAFSA asking if you are interested in work study, so just make sure to answer "Yes." It's important to note that work study awards run out quickly, so it's always a good idea to meet the FAFSA's March 1st priority deadline.

Do I have to have work study to work at CAPS?

CAPS employees MUST APPLY for work study every year. Being awarded work study is preferred but not required.

(Please note that international students do not qualify for work study, and are therefore exempt from this rule)

But I never qualify for work study. Why should I have to apply?

Even if you have never been awarded work study in the past, work study eligibility requirements may change slightly each year. Thus, as eligibility requirement or your personal circumstances change, you may be entitled to financial aid you've never received before, including work study.

I need help completing my FAFSA, what do I do?

No problem, American Indian Student Services hosts "FAFSA Fridays" to help students complete their FAFSA.

2015 FAFSA Fridays

  • February 6, 2015 9:00am – 3:00pm 1119 Mesa Vista Hall - American Indian Student Services
  • February 13, 2015 9:00am – 3:00pm 1119 Mesa Vista Hall - American Indian Student Services
  • February 20, 2015 9:00am – 3:00pm 1119 Mesa Vista Hall - American Indian Student Services
  • February 24, 2015 9:00am – 3:00pm 1119 Mesa Vista Hall - American Indian Student Services
  • February 27, 2015 9:00am – 3:00pm 1119 Mesa Vista Hall - American Indian Student Services

What you’ll need:

Student & Parent PIN(s)

(obtain a PIN online at PIN.ED.GOV)

  • 2014 Student & Parent Federal Tax Return(s)
  • 2014 Student & Parent W-2(s)
  • Driver's Licenses
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Records of untaxed income (if needed)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if needed)

* Contact Catherine Montoya for more information: 505.277.6343

I was awarded work study, now what?

If you are interested in applying for a position at CAPS, click here to see which positions are currently available. Also, make sure to turn in a copy of your award letter as proof of work study.

CAPS is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), an organization focusing on reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college level.

CRLA certifies CAPS tutoring program at three levels through which student employees advance over a sequence of three semesters. The Level I (Regular) tutor training focuses on the foundations of tutoring and the logistics of CAPS. Level II (Advanced) tutor training focuses on our student users and how to relate to them. Level III (Master) tutor training focuses on what it means to be a part of facilitating learning in higher education.

CAPS conducts training during a week-long pre-semester training and weekly two-hour trainings throughout the semester.

PDF Downloads:

UNM Office of Career Services — Cover Letter Guide

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UNM Office of Career Services — Resume Writing Guide

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UNM Office of Career Services — Interviewing Guide

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UNM Office of Career Services — Interviewing Guide: STAR Method

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UNM Office of Career Services — Interviewing Guide: Answering Common Interview Questions

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UNM Links:

UNM Student Employment Office — Student Employee Handbook

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UNM Student Financial Aid Office — FAFSA Information

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UNM Office of Graduate Studies — Assistantships

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UNM Jobs — Student, Staff, and Faculty Positions

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UNM Office of Career Services — Cooperative Education

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National Links:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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About.com — Recommendation Letter FAQ

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