Student Employment

Work Study

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 35% of jobs on campus require that you have a Work Study award.

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 make sure that you indicate on your FAFSA that you are interested in Work Study.
To qualify, a student must have completed a 2013/2014 FAFSA by the priority filing date of March 1st 2013, and must demonstrate financial need (as determined by the federal government).
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 Do I Apply for Work Study Jobs?

If you have already been awarded Work Study you can search for jobs on the Community Opportunity Database (CODA).
Students are normally awarded around $3000 for the academic school year.  This is the amount you can earn up to in gross wages. For an award of $3000 and pay of $9.19 per hour, you would have 326 hours to work during the school year, averaging approximately 10 hours of work a week.
Work study jobs can start as early as September 16th 2013, but most positions begin in late September.  Evergreen does not currently have a Summer Work Study program.


How Do I Hire a Work Study Student?

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).

2013/14 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)

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.


Off-Campus Work Study Options:

Math and reading tutor Work Study jobs

Work Study students can use their award to get jobs as Reading Tutors in local elementary schools, and as 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.

Community service Work Study with the Center for Community Based Learning & Action (CCBLA)

The CCBLA has developed strong relationships with local community grassroots organizations. Visit their office in SEMINAR 2, Building E, Room 2125, or visit the CCBLA website to find out more about community-service work study jobs with them.

Work Study students can also work with community literacy programs, state agencies, private employers, and non-profit organizations

If there is an off-campus employer that a work study student (who must be a Washington State Resident) 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!