Apply for Work-Study

If you didn’t have a Work-Study job in 2012-13, download and complete this application.

Renew your Work-Study

Looking to renew your existing Work-Study award for next year? Use this application.

What is Work-Study?

When you apply for Financial Aid, Work-Study is one of several types of aid you may qualify for. Other types of aid include loans, grants, and scholarships.

Unlike other forms of financial aid, Work-Study is not applied directly to your tuition account. Instead, if you’re eligible for Work-Study, you can work at a job and receive a paycheck twice a month. Most Work-Study jobs are on campus, but several are off campus.

The name "Work-Study" is a bit confusing: you can’t usually study while you’re working at these jobs. But these are jobs that are designed for students, and they usually allow you to schedule work around your classes. Whether you work on or off campus, you may not work more than 19 hours per week while school is in session.

The Work-Study Application Process

It will be up to you to apply for Work-Study jobs. However, the Bellevue College Center for Career Connections can help you do that. If you want an appointment with a Work-Study specialist, you can call 425.564.2279 or e-mail

Below is a quick overview of the process of applying for Work-Study jobs:

2. Student is sent award letter and Work-Study Application.

3. Student completes Work-Study Application and submits to or to Center for Career Connections.

4. Student informed of eligibility by email and invited to Work-Study Orientation.

*If student is ineligible, student can contact Financial Aid for details

5. Student attends Work-Study Orientation, creates an account on CONNECT, and uploads resume.

* If student needs help with resume, they should consult our Resume Essentials guide and call 425.564.2279 for an appointment.

6. Student applies for Work-Study positions.

* Students can apply to no more than 6 on-campus Work-Study positions per quarter

* There is no limit on the number of off-campus positions for which they can apply.

7. Once hired, Work-Study is added to student’s Financial Aid, student starts work and collects paychecks.

On-Campus Jobs

Apply for Work-Study

If you didn’t have a Work-Study job in 2012-13, download and complete this application.

Renew your Work-Study

Looking to renew your existing Work-Study award for next year? Use this application.

Once your Work-Study application is approved, you’ll be cleared to start looking for jobs online. All on-campus Work-Study positions are posted on our CONNECT web site. In order to apply for these positions, you will need to create a CONNECT account and upload a resume. Once you have a resume on CONNECT, you can apply to Work-Study opportunities posted there.

Working on campus has some significant advantages. You save time by commuting to only one place, and it’s much easier to connect to campus resources and communities if you’re already here on campus.

As such, working on campus is popular, and there aren’t enough jobs for all the students who want them. As such, Bellevue College has some rules to ensure that all students have equal access to these jobs. You can only apply to 6 different Work-Study jobs in any given quarter. And you can use your Work-Study funds on campus for no more than 7 quarters (14 quarters for students in baccalaureate degree programs). After 7 quarters, a student is no longer eligible for on-campus Work-Study positions. However, such students can definitely continue to use their Work-Study off campus. The Work-Study Coordinators can help you connect to off-campus employers.

Off-Campus Jobs

You may be able to get a Work-Study job off-campus. Some employers post these jobs on our CONNECT web site. Some students locate such positions on their own. If you locate an off-campus Work-Study position, the employer must have a Work-Study contract with Bellevue College. If the company does not already have a contract with the college, they can contact a Work-Study Coordinator at (425) 564-2279.

Benefits of Work-Study

Some students need to work in order to meet educational and living expenses, while others work because they feel the experience can be a valuable part of their education. Studies have shown that students who work often do just as well or better academically than non-working students.

Here are some reasons to consider working while you’re in school:

Here are some reasons to pursue a Work-Study job:


The State and Federal Work-Study programs are fantastic resources for employers. More than 2,500 employers in Washington State currently utilize these programs. These programs generally pay 40-70% percent of your Work-Study employees’ wages. Overall, the Work-Study programs allow employers to:

The State and Federal Work-Study programs recognize that participants are students first and employees second. Specifically, both programs require that Work-Study students:

1) Work no more than 19 hours per week when classes are in session.

2) Not work at the same time as they have a class. Students must provide their class schedule to employers, and employers have an obligation to avoid scheduling conflicts.

While the programs are similar, they have some different logistics and require different paperwork. To figure out which program is the best fit for you, contact one of our Work-Study Coordinators at 425.564.2279.

Most private sector employers participate in the State Work-Study program. This program is coordinated by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), and you can find all the procedures and regulations governing the program on the WSAC website. If you’re new to State Work-Study, you’ll start by filling out an employer contract and a job description and sending them to The process of having a contract approved and finding a qualified student typically takes 3 to 5 weeks. If you’re already registered with the State Work-Study system, you’ll just need to send a job description to

The job must meet the following guidelines:

Preferred placements are in jobs related to the student’s field of study, but this is a recommendation rather than a requirement.

The Bellevue College Work-Study Coordinators are happy to assist employers at any step in the process. Our students gain tremendously valuable experience when they work off campus, so we truly value our partnerships with local companies, organizations, and agencies.

If you have any questions, please call (425) 564-2279 or e-mail to reach a Work-Study Coordinator.