State Work Study is financial aid for low- and middle-income students. Qualifying students get an approved job, on- or off-campus, to support their education. Work study builds students’ skills, increases their earnings, and reduces reliance on student loans. Many employers hire work study employees on a permanent basis after graduation.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
Note: U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens should complete the FAFSA. Students who are ineligible for federal financial aid but who have DACA (Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals) status should file the WASFA. For more information on which form to file, see our WASFA questionnaire.
Be a resident of Washington State.
Enroll at least half-time in an eligible program at a participating college or university.
Not be pursuing a degree in theology.
Not owe a refund or repayment, or be in default in another financial aid program.
Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Be able to work legally in the United States.
Awards are based on the availability of funds and your determined financial need. While awards vary, students generally earn between $2,000 and $5,000 per year. Students may not work more than an average of 19 hours per week while enrolled, or more than 40 hours per week during breaks - depending on their award.
How to Apply
You will automatically be considered for State Work Study when you file the FAFSA or WASFA. Contact the Student Employment or Financial Aid office at your college for more information.