Student Work-Study Allowance Program: the Basics

Student Work-Study Allowance Program: the Basics

Earn money while you learn valuable skills through this college aid provided by the armed forces.

Are you interested in joining the US Armed Forces? Are you interested in pursuing a college degree program but don’t want to rely on college loans or depleting your savings to pay for a college education?

Consider a work-study allowance provided by the Department Veterans Affairs. Through this college program, you can work while you attend school to earn college money toward tuition and other costs of your education.

Like the Federal Work-Study Program, which offers federal aid to students who work on-campus or off-campus while completing a degree program at a college or university, this military program allows students to earn their money for college, which leaves them with less to pay out of pocket or pay back through college loans.

What Is the Student Work-Study Allowance Program?

This education program is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist service members in earning money while they’re taking courses in colleges and universities. You can complete this work either during your enrollment or between periods of enrollment, and you can choose how many hours you work.

The type of work you do depends both on your career interests and on the type of work available when you apply. Tasks can range from working at a VA medical facility to processing paperwork at a VA office or a college or university.

Who Is Eligible for the Student Work-Study Allowance Program?

To receive college money benefits from this program, you must be pursuing another military college aid program, such as the Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) or Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program. You must also be enrolled full-time or at least 75% of the time in a college degree program.

There are also other factors that contribute to whether you are eligible for these school benefits. These factors include disabilities and the availability of jobs within a reasonable commuting distance.

How Much College Aid Can You Receive through the Student Work-Study Allowance Program?

Your hourly wage through this program will be the federal minimum wage or the minimum wage of your state, whichever happens to be greater. After your first payment, you will receive money for college for each 50-hour period of work you complete.

How Do You Apply for the Student Work-Study Allowance Program?

You can receive the necessary forms and answers to any questions you may have through a VA office, Reserve Education and Incentives Officers and local veterans organizations. To find the nearest office for the Department of Veterans Affairs, call 888-GI-BILL-1.

You can also download a PDF of the application.

Student Work-Study Allowance Program Tips & Tactics

  • Find out if you’re eligible for a federal work-study program by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Check the box that asks if you’re interested in student employment to be considered for this federal aid.
  • You can pursue both the federal and Armed Forces work-study programs. If there’s a difference between how much college money you’ll be paid through the VA and the government, some colleges may choose to pay a student the difference, so you receive the same salary as other college students who are doing the same job.
  • Need to receive your work-study payment in advance to pay for tuition or other reasons? You can request to receive this college funding in advance of performing the work for 40% of the number of hours in your work-study agreement or for 50 hours, whichever amount is less.


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