Student Work-Study Allowance Program
Students certified at least 3/4-time in a college degree, or professional program. A work-study allowance is available under most education benefits programs.
Students can earn the federal minimum wage or state minimum wage, whichever is greater. The total hours a student can work cannot be more than 25 times the number of weeks in the enrollment period. If a student elects to receive an advance payment, VA will make the first payment in advance for 40 percent of the total number of work-study hours. But the advance payment and any following payments cannot be for more than 50 hours. (If a student elects not to receive an advance payment, VA will compensate the student for those hours worked.)
Type of Work
A student may do the following types of VA-related work:
- VA paperwork at schools or VA offices;
- Outreach services under the VA supervision;
- Work at VA medical facilities or National Cemetery System offices;
- Work at Department of Defense facilities related to education benefits under the GI Bill.
Complete an application and submit it to the work-study site supervisor (PDF document)