Getting Started

Eligibility

To be eligible for Federal Work-Study you must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need based on family financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year; any outstanding requirements must be resolved with Georgia State University’s Financial Aid Office.  Funds are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, until all funds are exhausted.
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and is in good standing with the University
  • Must be  a citizen, immigrant, refugee or a permanent resident alien of the U.S.

To be eligible for the Panther Work Program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need based on family financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year; any outstanding requirements must be resolved with Georgia State University’s Financial Aid Office.  Panther Work funds are awarded on a first-come first-served basis, until all funds are exhausted.
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate student
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and be in good standing with the University
  • Must be a citizen, immigrant, refugee, or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be eligible for Pell Grant
  • Must not be eligible for HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship
  • Must not be awarded Federal Work-Study
  • Must be a Georgia resident
  • Must be enrolled in a 4-year program at the Atlanta Campus

Overview of the Awarding Process

Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Panther Work Program (PWP) is awarded upon request and fund availability.

  1. Search Handshake for a FWS or PWP position; the position description will indicate if it is FWS or PWP
  2. Submit a request to determine eligiblity:
    • In-person: Visit your campus Student Financial Management Center
    • Web Request: Submit a ticket through Panther Answer
  3. The Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility and provide a Certificate of Eligibility listing the amount of your award
  4. The Certificate of Eligibility must be presented to the Hiring Supervisor for proof of eligibility
  5. If you are selected for the position, the Hiring Supervisor will email [email protected] 
  6. FWS/PWP will be awarded and may be viewed in PAWS

Placement

The awarded student initiates placement procedures. Students must use Handshake (the student online job board). Handshake assists students with many career opportunities, including on-campus and off-campus employment opportunities. The student will contact prospective employers for interviews. Participating supervisors are required to provide job descriptions to the Federal Work-Study awardees before the student is hired. Supervisors will be notified of the procedure for submitting job descriptions. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for an interview with the prospective supervisors.

What is Handshake ?

Handshake is Georgia State University’s central 24/7 online job and internship board for students. Handshake is designed to help the career services office and employers communicate with students about managing their career and job search. Handshake’s primary purpose is to inform students about career programs, on-campus recruiting and most importantly, employment opportunities!

How do I sign up for Handshake?

No sign up registration is required to access Handshake.

What is my User ID and Password for Handshake?

Your username and password is your official Georgia State University campus ID and password. If you do not know your campus ID and password, follow these steps to find your campus ID or to reset your password.

If you should have problems accessing Handshake, please contact University Career Services for assistance with your password (or GoSolar login). Get started with Handshake.

Summer Employment

If sufficient funds are available, students will be given an opportunity to apply for Summer Employment awards. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited. Priority is given to those who apply by the deadline date. The Summer Employment Program is usually very small in comparison to the fall/spring program.