Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study provides employment opportunities for students demonstrating financial need and is awarded as part of the student's Financial Aid package. Applications are made through the Financial Aid Office by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.
Once awarded, all available work study jobs can be found on our Handshake website

Once awarded Federal Work Study, it is the responsibility of the student to apply for available Work Study positions. The office of Student Employment does not assign students to any positions. In order to find a work study position, log into Handshake, select the “Jobs” tab at the top of the screen. Then select, "Filters" and select "Work study". From there, you can scroll through your options and start applying! Additionally, you can use the Saved Searches tool in order to get email notifications when new jobs are posted! A PDF of instructions can be downloaded here.

How to Apply for Work Study Positions


You will need a resume to apply to most Work Study jobs in Handshake. This is a requirement for almost all jobs in Handshake. If you don't have a resume or are not happy with your current one, do not worry! You only need a document in the resume field to apply, it doesn't need to be perfect. If you would like help creating or improving your resume. Check out our resume page for more information. 

Students' work hours are based on the total amount awarded, and the amount earned through work study cannot exceed the Federal Work Study Award. The Federal Work-Study wages can be used towards tuition, books, or any other necessities while attending Appalachian State University. We encourage you to consider employment as an option for financing your education.

Please note, jobs throughout campus are allocated based on the recognized need for additional staff in those departments, and off-campus work study jobs must be with private non-profit organizations or public agencies.

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