Finding Your Work-Study Job on Handshake

If you have been awarded work-study funds as part of your financial aid package, congratulations!  In order to earn these work-study funds, you must use (in most cases) the Work-Study Application that is found here to apply to work-study eligible jobs that are found on Handshake. Download the application, fill it out, save it to your computer, and re-upload it to work-study jobs on Handshake.  

Unsure if you are work-study eligible? Contact Student Financial Services for more information.  

*Returning students can bypass Handshake by speaking with past employers directly.  Make your supervisor aware that you have received work-study again in your financial aid package and would like to return. 

If you are new to campus or are switching Work-Study positions, follow the instructions to browse positions on Handshake. Instructions by video here. Instructions with visuals here


  1. If you are a new student, wait for the University to create your account AFTER you have completed orientation and registered for classes. Shortly after orientation, you will receive a welcome e-mail from Handshake to your inbox– this means your account is ready and you can log in.  If you are a current student, your account is already set up.
  2. Click here to log in using your StarID and password (If it is your first time logging in it will guide you through setting up your profile).
  3. Click on the “Jobs” tab at the top left corner.
  4. Click on oval labeled “All filters.” 
  5. Check the box labeled “Work-study” and click the blue oval “Show results” at the bottom right.

Click on the titles to learn more and apply by uploading the Work-Study Application (or other documents as requested by each job posting). Don’t delay applying – if you see a job you’d like, make sure you apply ASAP as employers may hire before the “close” date. Once you accept a Work-Study job, you will not be able to switch during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

If you have questions about your Financial Aid package or award, please contact the Campus Hub to make an appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor.  They can be reached at  If you have questions about using Handshake contact the Career Development Center at

Welcome to the #MavFam and we look forward to partnering with you on your Maverick journey!