What Is Work-Study?

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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 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.

On-Campus Jobs

Once your Work-Study application is approved, you’ll be cleared to start looking for jobs online. All Work-Study positions are posted on our Handshake website. In order to apply for these positions, you will need to use your BC Network login to in and then it will prompt you to create a unique password. You will need to have a resume in order to apply for Work-Study jobs posted on Handshake. If you need help with drafting or updating your resume, please call 425-564-2279 to make an appointment with a Career Specialist today!

Working on-campus has some significant advantages. You save time by not having to drive to a worksite, and it’s much easier to connect to campus resources if you’re already here on the campus.

Off-Campus Jobs

There are also some off-campus Work-Study opportunities. Employers post these jobs on our Handshake website. 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 via email at ws@bellevuecollege.edu or via phone at (425) 564-2279.

Last Updated February 3, 2022