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Learn More about the Work-Study Program 

The Work-Study Program is now offering two opportunities to gain valuable experience during your college career. If you are Work-Study eligible, you now have the opportunity to apply this award for a student employment position through the Federal Work-Study Program and/or the Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP). Learn more about eligibility requirements and important dates and deadlines below .


Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-Study eligibility is a need-based employment program created by the federal Department of Education. It is based on financial need and the availability of funds for each award year. Renewal allocations are available to students with Federal Work-Study earnings in the previous award year. When sufficient funds are available, it is sometimes possible to request replacement of a student loan with Work-Study. 

Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) 

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) is a new, state Work-Study program that provides eligible students with the opportunity to earn money to help offset their educational costs while gaining career-related employment experience. On campus LAEP positions must be research-based and help the student with career exploration, their career objectives, or related to their area of study. 

Accessing Work-study Jobs on Handshake 

  • Accessing Work-Study Jobs on Handshake: 

    To view work-study positions on Handshake, you will have needed to accept your award first on R’Web.   Within 48 hours, you should be able to access Work-Study or LAEP jobs through the following instructions:   

    • Go to Jobs, click on Filters, and select Work-Study, and Show Results. (Work-Study positions are only viewable on Handshake to Work-Study eligible students).  

    Here you will find opportunities for both on-campus and off-campus Work-Study approved sites.  Positions will continue to be posted throughout the year. If you are not seeing what you are looking for, be sure to visit often for updated positions.  

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are being rehired for an on-campus Work-Study position, the department will need to post this position on Handshake as a RESERVED position. This position will not be viewable on Handshake. Please refer these questions to for questions related to this process. 

  • If you are invited for an interview: 

    Be sure to download your 2023-2024 Federal Work-Study Eligibility Notification form at prior to your interview, and share this form with the employer. 

Important Dates & Deadlines  

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