As is true of many things in the world of the “new normal,” higher education is undergoing massive changes right now, with the shift to remote learning, decreased funding, and rising enrollment costs. Add to this situation the fact that many institutions are struggling to keep up while operating on outdated legacy technology solutions, and it’s clear that something has to give. If modern places of learning are going to survive, they need to be agile enough to meet evolving student needs, which is where Workday Student enters the picture. 

Developed in conjunction with some of higher education’s top institutions, Workday Student is designed for today’s modern campuses. In this article, we’ll “school” you on all the benefits, key features, and some of the latest product enhancements in Workday Student so you can see how it stacks up against other student information systems. 

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What is Workday Student?

Workday Student is an end-to-end student and faculty lifecycle information system that works seamlessly with Workday Financials, Human Capital Management (HCM), Workday Adaptive Planning, and Workday Grants Management. It’s a cloud-based solution designed to unite your whole campus under one application, reducing friction between systems and making for a more seamless experience.

Workday Student Features

Workday Student is helping institutions better serve students and leaders with the following features: 


Thanks to its flexible architecture, Workday Student provides an amazing level of personalization. For example, calendaring, academic policies, curriculum, billing, and more come with configuration options and business processes. It will feel like the solution was designed specifically for your institution’s unique needs.

Role-based User Experiences 

Workday Student’s features revolve around the user, whether that’s a student, a faculty member, or an administrator. Students, for example, can give their parents access to their portal to see their class schedules, pay for tuition, and more. 

Enhanced Reporting 

Workday Student includes native reporting and unified data to enhance reporting for end users. With a single solution, you can combine data from Workday HCM, Financial Management, Payroll, and Student data to gain insights into every aspect of your organization, from payroll to work/study eligibility. 

Unified Solution 

Along the same lines, there’s no need to hop into different tools to get the information you’re looking for. With Workday, you can unify every application from Financial Management, HCM, Planning, and other Workday applications into a single platform, giving you access to real-time, accurate information at your fingertips. 

Benefits of Workday Student

According to Workday, 18 higher ed institutions have successfully gone live on Workday Student over the past year through virtual deployments. Here are some of the benefits those institutions are experiencing: 

  • Better student engagement and access to mobile experiences 
  • More self-service options for students, faculty, and staff to take control of their journey
  • Lower IT costs with a cloud-based solution
  • Enhanced reporting and insights with a unified, single platform for real-time data 
  • Empowered students who can plan courses and get access to academic eligibility and progress when they need it

Recent Product Innovations in Workday Student

Not only is Workday Student pretty great right now, but Workday continues to innovate with more than 1,000 product enhancements across financial aid, academic records, student finance, admissions, and more to help automate operations. 

Workday has also added two new Workday People Experience hubs for finances and academics. The academics hub gives students access to information like academic progress, appointments, and registration information. It also allows them to edit their academic journey on their schedule from any device. 

You can bet that Workday will continue to enhance the product even further, which means that investing in Workday Student is investing in a solution that will adapt to industry changes. 

Deploying Workday Student at Your Campus 

Keep up with the rapidly changing world of higher education by deploying Workday Student. And if you want to get an A+ on the project, you’d be wise to bring in an experienced third-party consultant to help out. 

At Surety Systems, our senior-level Workday consulting team has the skills you need to help you plan, configure, and implement the technology. Our team can also guide you on integrating Workday Student with existing applications, ensuring you get a comprehensive solution designed for your institution’s specific needs. Contact us today to get started.