Work-study programs

Learn more about the Veterans Affairs (VA) and federal work-study programs

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VA Work-Study Program

The VA Work-Study Program provides part-time employment to non-active duty servicemembers who attend school full time or 3/4-time.

You’ll earn an hourly wage equal to the federal minimum wage or your state’s minimum wage, whichever is greater.

If you’re already in a work-study program at a college or university, your school could pay you the difference between the VA payment and the amount the school normally pays other work-study students doing the same job.

Type of work
If you’re selected for the VA work-study program, the work you perform must be related to the VA. To apply for the VA work-study program, or to learn more, visit the Veteran Affairs GI Bill website.

Federal Work-Study program

If you don’t qualify for the VA work-study program, you may still be able to take advantage of the civilian Federal Work-Study program, which provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. To learn more, visit the Federal Student Aid website (

The amount you can earn depends on your level of need, your school’s funding level, and when you apply. The jobs offered encourage community service and work related to your course of study. You’ll earn at least the current federal minimum wage or higher depending on the type of work you do and the skills required.

Type of work
If you work on campus, you’ll usually work for your school. If you work off campus, your employer will typically be a private nonprofit organization or public agency.
When assigning work hours, your employer or financial aid administrator will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.
Note: Work-study jobs usually pay by the hour. At least once a month, you’ll get a paycheck from your school. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total federal work-study award.

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