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Work-study is a federally and state-funded, need-based financial aid program that provides part-time employment to undergraduate students. Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by March 1st to ensure maximum eligibility.

Please keep in mind, a work-study award does not guarantee employment. Students are responsible for applying for positions using the Handshake app. If students fail to obtain work-study employment within 45 days of the beginning of the semester, their work-study award will be canceled. 

Work-Study Eligibility

  • Complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student or working toward a certificate in an eligible program
  • Be enrolled in 6 credit hours as an undergraduate student and 5 credit hours as a graduate student
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Students cannot be in default on a federal student loan or owe money on a federal student grant.

Work-Study Waiting List

If you are interested in work-study but did not receive funds in the initial awarding period, you can fill out a form on the Work-Study Waiting List that will be available at the beginning of each semester to be reviewed.

Applying for a Work Study Position

If you are awarded work-study funds, please review how to retrieve your award letter below and be sure to apply for available job openings using the Handshake app. Students are encouraged to use Handshake app to locate on-campus student employment, internships, Cooperative Education, part-time and other types of employment on a regular basis.  At the start of the fall semester, Office of Experiential Learning hosts the Student Employment Fair which is another opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers who are seeking to hire NMSU students.


Retrieving your Award Letter

  1. Log in to your myNMSU account
  2. Under Quick Links, select Financial Aid
  3. Click Award
  4. Select Aid Year
  5. Under Award Overview, your work-study award will be listed.
  6. You can a) print the section under Financial Aid Award by Term or b) Select the PrtScr button on your keyboard and copy (Ctrl V) the image of your award to a paint or word document.


Assistance with Resume and Cover Letter

If you need assistance with creating a resume and cover letter you are encouraged to create a draft resume and schedule an appointment using the Handshake app located in MyNMSU. To schedule, an appointment with Handshake app go to the heading Career Center and in the drop down menu click on Appointments to schedule a time to meet with an advisor.


Additional Employment Information

Attention Employers:

Students who were employed under work-study for the current academic year will be automatically terminated at the end of the Spring semester to assist departments from going over funding limits. Employers can rehire work-study recipients for Summer under the Federal Work-Study Program.

  • For information about completing a timesheet for your work-study job, see Timesheet Instructions. 
  • New Mexico State University contracts with non-profit (501(c)(3) agencies), non-religious and non-partisan organizations to provide additional job opportunities off-campus.
  • Crimson Scholars may inquire about Crimson work-study opportunities with the NMSU Honors College.
  • To review employment dates and deadlines, please visit our Employers page.