Chatham University

Federal Student Employment Program

Federal Student Employment (FSE) - formerly known as Federal Work Study - is provided through federal funds and is made available to students with demonstrated financial need. Under FSE, students may be employed by: the institution itself; a federal, state, or local public agency; or a private nonprofit organization in the region.


Federal Student Employment Awards are issued as part of your financial aid package from the university, and are determined based on need indicated in the FAFSA application.

To determine whether you are eligible for Federal Student Employment, or the amount of your award, review your Financial Aid letter. If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact

+Applying for Jobs

Receiving a Federal Student Employment (FSE) Award does not guarantee you a position on campus; you will need to explore, apply for, and obtain a position through the university in order to receive the award.

All Student Employment positions with the university are FSE eligible and will allow you to receive your award.

To look for current openings and opportunities:

  1. Go to Handshake and log in using your Chatham Username (email address) and Password.
  2. If you have not already done so, create your profile by updating your information and uploading your resume.
  3. On the Home Screen, click on the "Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Postings & More!" tab
  4. Select "Exclusively for Chatham"
  5. Select "Student Employment/Work Study" on the purple tab

Once you have created your profile and uploaded your resume to Handshake, you are one click away from applying for jobs!

Once you find positions you are interested click the "Apply" button next to the job description. We recommend that you apply for 4 or 5 postings for your best chance at landing a position.

Follow up with the supervisor in a few days to ensure he/she has received your resume and provide the supervisor with a schedule of availability. Follow up allows you to show your continued interest in the position and allows for the supervisor to know your availability.

For additional information about interviewing, getting hired, and starting work, visit the Student Employment homepage.