Work-study Information for Students

Work-study awards are a form of financial aid which provides jobs for students who need help to pay their educational expenses. You must complete a FAFSA application by the priority deadline of March 1st. When completing the FAFSA, make sure to answer “yes” to question #31 (are you interested in Work-Study?).

You must complete your financial aid file to be considered for work-study. This means you must submit any additional documentation being requested.

How to Apply for a Work-Study job

  1. Login to Handshake by logging in to your MyNMSU page:   Click the AggieCAREER Manager (Powered by Handshake) link in the LAUNCHPAD.
  2. Upload a document. You’ll likely want to have a public resume available in Handshake for employers (and your school’s career services staff) to see.
  3. Fill out your profile.  Some of your information will already be in your Handshake profile (provided by the University Student Records). Check to be sure all pre-loaded information is correct and determine if you want to make your GPA public. If you find an error in your profile data, contact your school’s Career Services office. You will likely need to make official updates (such as address, etc.) with University Student Records (Registrar).  You’ll also need to decide whether to make your profile public or private.
  4. Start by clicking on Jobs in the top Navigation bar. You will be taken to the Job Postings page.

For technical assistance, please contact Career Services at | *Click Here for Handshake Student Guide*

Note: When applying for a Work-study position, please make sure that you have been awarded Work-study funds; otherwise you will not be considered for the position.

How will you get paid?

Students with work-study jobs are placed on the university payroll and will be paid every two weeks through direct deposit to their bank account. Work-study fund wages are never applied directly to a student’s bill. You will receive a paycheck for working a job and can use these funds to help offset your costs.