Work-Study is a form of financial aid that enables you to earn income to help meet your educational costs. Work-Study positions should relate to the student's program of study. Work-Study participants have the opportunity to gain work experience and marketable skills, explore possible career opportunities, make new contacts that may later become valuable references for future employment, and reduces loan indebtedness for college expenses.

Work-Study is part time employment either on campus or off-campus. There are state and federal Work-Study funds available each year. Priority is given to students meeting the financial aid funds priority date, which is normally April 15 for the upcoming academic year. When completing the FAFSA, students interested in Work Study employment should select Work-Study on Question 31 of the FAFSA: (In addition to grants, are you interested in being considered for Work-Study)

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Students must apply for financial aid, demonstrate financial need, and meet any other applicable requirements.

  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States.

  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time at an eligible institution in the state of Washington.

  • Students may not be in pursuit of a degree in theology.

  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

How many hours a week can a Work-Study employee work?
Work-Study employees can work up to 19 hours per week while classes are in session. During quarterly breaks however, students may work up to 40 hours per week (if requested by their supervisor) as long as they have a Work-Study award remaining from the previous quarter.

How are students notified of a Work-Study award?
Students are notified in their financial aid award letter. Work-Study is awarded on a funds available basis.

What kinds of jobs are available?
Work-Study job opportunities are posted through the Employment Resource Center. There are many on-and off-campus opportunities available in most career fields.