The work study program at CMU is a great opportunity for students. By working on campus, students not only earn money to assist with expenses, but have the chance to build relationships with faculty, staff, and other student workers. On-campus work study may provide experience to include on a resume, someone to provide a future recommendation, and the opportunity to develop connections at the university that can last a lifetime.

There are a limited number of work study positions available, and there are no guarantees that a student will actually be selected for a work study position. There are two types of work study: Federal Work Study and CMU Work Study - some positions require students be eligible for Federal Work Study.

Check out our video Guide to Handshake and see how to get started with Handshake.  Follow this guide to make sure your Handshake account is complete. Not following directions will diminish your ability to apply for student employment.

All work study jobs are listed through Handshake (job posting system) beginning August 1. By opening the system on a specific date, we ensure that new students have an equal opportunity to apply for a campus position. Before August 1, new students cannot access the job posting system until they receive their CMU credentials which will allow them to log on to Handshake.  Students must apply for work study annually.

Watch our video Guide to Applying for Work Study for assistance in the process.

All jobs on campus require a resume and cover letter. Make sure to read over our Resume and Cover letter tips, and to look at our Resume and Cover letter samples.

Apply for Work Study

Below are the beginning steps to apply for a work study.

  1. Log on to Handshake: Log into your myCMU, click on Quick Links and you should see Handshake on the left side of the page. (New students should receive myCMU log in information in the mail.)
  2. Update your profile:Click the tab in the upper right side of the screen where your name appears. From the drop-down menu click "My Pofile" and fill out the information. Follow the directions in the video Guide to Handshake. This ensures your qualifications for certain positions are documented. We recommend keeping this section updated!
  3. Follow Student Employment Process: From the "Career Center" tab, choose “Resources” from the drop-down menu, once in Resources, choose "Student Employment Process." Detailed directions are outlined for the remainder of the steps. If you are unable to see Resources, go back to the Guide to Handshake linked above.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 660-248-6986


Work-Study Financial Aid Information

If you are selected for a position, you are required to complete a W-4 form and an I-9 form in the Payroll Office. Minimum wage rates are paid. Time sheets need to be turned into the Payroll Clerk in the Business Office by the fifth of the month. Paychecks are available in the Business Office on the tenth of each month (September 10 - June 10) for hours worked the prior month.

Each student who is hired is expected to sign a work agreement which lists the policies and procedures of the student employment program.:

  1. Must report to your Supervisor within the first week of each semester.
  2. Must keep record of time worked on a monthly time sheet, which must be turned in by the last day of the month and requires the signature of you and your supervisor.
  3. Must give advance notice to a supervisor if unable to work. Failure to do so may result in loss of work grant.
  4. Must not work more than 8 hours per day or 20 hours per week and will not be paid more than the total amount of work grant. Students may have only 2 campus work study positions at one time.
  5. Work-study checks are available in the Business Office on the 10th of each month. You may either receive your check or endorse it and apply to your account.
  6. Work grants are based on 15 weeks each semester (30 weeks per academic year), excluding Interim and Spring break, at the wage rate of $8.60 per hour. You are paid only for the hours worked.
  7. The supervisor has the authority to cancel the work grant due to unsatisfactory work performance, which means you may jeopardize your ability to work in any other department.
  8. I understand that I am not allowed to work during scheduled class hours.
  9. I will not disclose any confidential information I gain access to, while in the student employment work study program, to anyone other than my supervisor. Student must complete the FERPA survey before receiving the first paycheck.