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Federal Work-Study Employer Information

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federal student aid program that provides funding to support part-time employment opportunities for eligible students. FWS funding helps pay a percentage of the hourly wages earned. The money students earn helps pay for personal and/or educational expenses. Jobs are designed to relate to the student’s course of study and/or encourage community service work whenever possible. 

To be eligible to receive a work-study award, students must:

  • Be enrolled (minimum of 6 credits)
  • Be an undergraduate student
    • Graduate and professional students may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but funding is limited.
  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Work-Study jobs can be either on campus or off campus. All agencies located off campus must be approved by NDSU Financial Aid and Scholarships and be a private, non-profit organization or public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest.

Detailed information about the program, employer processes and responsibilities, and posting a Work-Study position on the job board, is available from this web site.  For further information, contact NDSU One Stop at (701) 231-6200 or the Work-Study Coordinator at (701) 231-7535. 


North Dakota State University is now using a different platform for college recruiting/student employment called HANDSHAKE. All of our current students have already been imported into the system and Work-Study employers are encouraged to post all job opportunities to this platform. We are excited to begin using this platform which will simplify your recruiting process and help you connect quickly with students who are seeking employment. 

HANDSHAKE offers your team many great new features like:

  • ​Managing all your campuses with HANDSHAKE at no cost
  • Option for virtual platform for Fairs, Events, OCI's plus more
  • Visibility of profiles for students who choose to share
  • A mobile experience - update your job postings, view applicants, and more all while on the go using Handshake's responsive design

You can click here to register in Handshake.

For more information visit Handshake's employer site here.

If you have questions, please contact the NDSU Career and Advising Center (701)231-7111 or direct your inquiries to Pat Breen, NDSU Employer Partnerships Manager/Career and Advising Center. 

Important Links for Employers

On-Campus, Off-Campus and America Reads

Request NDSU Work-Study Authorization Form(s) 

Request NDSU Work-Study Award Increase

Work-Study Resources for Off Campus Employers
Work-Study Resources for On Campus Empoyers
Human Resources and Payroll Links

Hiring and Onboarding Resources
Annual Training Requirements
Time and Labor (TLAB) Resources
Human Resource/Payroll & Budget Resources
Other Human Resources/Payroll Resources

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-6200 / Fax: (701) 231-8297
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2836 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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