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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. 


Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet Washington state residency requirements for state financial aid.
  • Complete a federal or state financial aid application.
  • Enroll at least half-time in an eligible program at a participating college.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be able to work legally in the United States.
  • Not be pursuing a degree in theology.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund or repayment on another financial aid program.

Award Amounts

Awards are based on the availability of funds and the student’s 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

There is no separate application for State Work Study. Students will automatically be considered for State Work Study after filing a federal (FAFSA) or state (WASFA) financial aid application. For more information, contact the student employment or financial aid office at the college attended.

Information for Employers

The state contributes to the wages of work study employees, so participating employers benefit from educated, motivated workers at a lower cost. Learn more about employing work study students.

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