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What is work-study?

Work-study is a need-based financial aid award. It is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you don't have to repay it). Students must qualify for need-based financial aid to receive a work-study award.

How much can I earn through a work-study job?

Work-study awards range up to $2,500 per year. Because the minimum wage in Washington state is among the highest in the nation, you will be able to earn the full award amount by working as little as six to eight hours per week.

What type of jobs are available?

A wide variety of work-study job opportunities exist. On-campus employers include:

  • Admission
  • Alumni Relations
  • Bon Appétit
  • Business Office
  • Communications
  • Conferences, Events & Scheduling
  • Outdoor Program
  • Career and Community Engagement Center
  • Tech Services

... and more.

There are also opportunities for work-study students to work off-campus in the Walla Walla public schools for the America Reads/America Counts program or as an ASE tutor. 

How will I find a work-study job?

Job listings are posted on Handshake, Whitman's online job board. On-campus jobs are plentiful, and all on-campus employers give preference to work-study students.

If you need help honing your interview skills or creating a resume you can stop by the Career and Community Engagement Center; they would be happy to assist you!

Once I find a job, how will I get paid?

Once you are hired, complete the necessary forms, and start working, you will be paid through direct deposit to your personal checking or savings account. You are responsible for determining how to spend your work-study earnings.