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. When completing the FAFSA, students interested in work study employment should select Work-Study on Question 31: (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-campus openings, and off-campus opportunities available in most career fields.

Finding a Work-Study Job

Students looking for Work-Study jobs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology must apply for financial aid through the FAFSA and have received a Work-Study award letter from the Financial Aid Office. The following steps are needed before employment begins:

  1. Attend a Work-Study Employment Orientation. Days and times are announced with a letter from the Financial Aid Office.

  2. During the Work-Study Orientation, students will sign all necessary hiring forms and provide acceptable documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.

  3. Students who are interested in finding a job on campus at Lake Washington Technical College will register at Find A Job. Stop by The Employment Resource Center, West Building, W207,  if you need help accessing the site and for great tips on interviewing techniques and resume development.

  4. After looking for Work-Study jobs online, the student employee shall write down the employer contact information and call or email the work-study supervisor to arrange an interview appointment. Work-Study students should tell the employer that they are a Work-Study applicant at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and they found the job listed at the Employment Resource Center.

  5. At the interview, students must bring their "Work-Study Job Referral Form". This form is provided to the student during the Work-Study Orientation. If hired, the employer or supervisor will sign the referral form and the student with return the form to the Financial Aid Office in the West Building, W209. 

  6. The Financial Aid Office will send the student and supervisor written notification of  hire and start date. Students should allow up to 48 hours for processing after they have returned the Job Referral Form to the Financial Aid Office.