How do I get Work Study?
The first step is to apply for Financial Aid through the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) form, and to make sure that you indicate on your FAFSA preferences that you are interested in Work Study (not everyone who applies will receive it).
What is Work Study?
Work-Study is a need-based financial aid award. It is not a grant (you must work to earn it), it is not a loan (you don't have to repay it), and it is not a tution waiver (students receive a paycheck twice a month and decide what to do with the money). For the most part, it is much like any other regular part-time student job on campus. Only about 30% of jobs on campus require that you have a Work Study award.
To qualify, a student must have submitted a current year FAFSA by the priority deadline, must demonstrate financial need (as determined by the federal government), and must have been awarded Work Study by the Financial Aid Office. Evergreen has more students who qualify for Work Study than there are funds available. As a result, not everyone who is eligible will receive an award.
How The Program Works
Work-Study can offer education and job experience. Work-study jobs may also provide:
- Practical training and experience in a chosen field
- Positive job experience to help students identify career objectives
- An impressive resume and recommendations from employers
The work-study program reimburses employers a significant percentage of a students hourly wage, which allows for the creation of more jobs than would normally be available.
NOTE: The dollar amount of a work-study award represents the gross amount that a student can earn, and includes both the employer share and work-study share of earnings. Once the work-study award is exhausted, the employer will be responsible for paying 100% of earned wages if the student continues to work.
Employer Sign Up
You can contact the Student Employment Office at the Evergreen State College (contact info at bottom of this page) to sign up for the program. Forms and instructions can be found online at the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC).
2012/13 Academic Year State Work Study Potential Employer Letter (pdf)
Download the Washington State Work Study Employer Handbook (pdf)
Calculating Spreadsheet to Track Work Study Earnings (xls)
Reading and Math Tutor Opportunities!
Work Study students can use their award to get jobs as Reading Tutors in local elementary schools and Math Tutors in local middle schools. Tutoring positions are posted on CODA each academic year. If you don't see any currently listed, contact us.
Center for Community Based Learning & Action (CCBLA) State Work Study Grants:
Comunity Service Projects (CSP), Math & Science Tutors (MST) and High Employer Demand (HED)
The CCBLA has developed strong relationships with the local schools, community organizations, and employers in high demand career fields. Visit their office in SEMINAR 2 E2125 or visit the CCBLA website to find out more about work study jobs with them.
Work-Study students can also work with community literacy programs, state agencies, private employers, and other non-profit organizations.
If there is an off-campus employer that a work-study student wants to work with and does not see a posting on CODA for it, the student should let our staff know. It is possible that we can make that opportunity happen!