Frequently Asked Questions

Please click any of the topics below to if you have a question about:

Questions about pay, onboarding, or eligibility in response to COVID-19, please view FAQ sheet here.


  • How do I know if I receive work-study?

    The Financial Aid Office will decide whether or not you are eligible for work-study through your financial aid package via FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you are eligible, you must accept the award in order to receive work-study.

    How do I apply for a job under (non) work-study?

    On Handshake you can filter by work-study postings. All postings labeled as "work-study" require work-study eligibility and only students with work-study eligibility may apply for those postings. We recommend selecting the "work-study" filter to quickly browse opportunities. Any other posting that is not labeled as "work-study" is eligible for any student to apply. We recommend selecting the "on-campus" filter to quickly browse all on-campus opportunities.

    Can I apply for a non work-study job if I have the work-study option?

    Yes, you are allowed to apply for non work-study jobs but we highly recommend you apply for work-study postings to utilize your work-study award.

  • Blue Card

  • Where do I get a Blue Card?

    Please refer to our Getting Your Blue Card page. This page has instructions for every step of the onboarding process.

    Do I need another Blue Card?

    If you were employed by UC Santa Cruz, ended that position, and then applied for and was hired for another position, you will need another Blue Card.

    If you are currently employed at UC Santa Cruz and accept another role, that is a continuing hire and you do not need another blue card.

    What if I lose my Blue Card?

    The Blue Card is fully digital - email if you need to re-confirm your blue card status.

  • Onboarding Process

  • Can I provide a copy of... (a passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc.)?

    NO. The federal government requires that you present your official documents to your authorized representative. They cannot be faxes, photocopies, or scans.

    What is the CANRA form?

    When signing a CANRA (Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act) form, you become a mandated reporter of signs of child abuse and/or neglect.

    What is a Background Check / Live Scan?

    Background checks are required for individuals under consideration for hire or appointment into critical staff and student employment and volunteer positions.

    How can I sign up for a Background Check?

    You can complete the application here - note that you will receive a direct email with instructions regarding how to complete the Background Check.

  • CruzPay

  • Where do I log in my hours?

    Log-in your hours on CruzPay.

    What if I need to turn in a late timesheet?

    First, print out a paper timesheet, fill out the hours that you've worked, and then turn it in to your supervisor.

    Please direct all CruzPay-related questions to your department's Staff HR Timekeeper. You can find their contact information here.

  • Getting Paid / Direct Deposit

  • How often do I get paid?

    As a student employee, you will get paid bi-weekly on Wednesdays.

    Where is my paycheck?

    Paychecks will be delivered to the current address on file in UCPath unless the student has signed up for a direct deposit.

    How can I sign up for direct deposit?

    1. Login to UCPath
    2. From your UCPath Dashboard, use the menu on the left side of the screen to navigate to the Direct Deposit Add/Update page:
    3. Employee Actions > Income and Taxes > Direct Deposit.
    4. The initial Direct Deposit set-up may take up to two weeks to become effective.

      If you choose not to sign up for Direct Deposit, your paycheck will be mailed to the home/mailing address on file in UCPath. Please review your personal information to ensure that the address listed is correct

    Please direct all CruzPay-related questions to your department's Staff HR Timekeeper. You can find their contact information here.