Work-study is part of your financial aid package. It is earned through part-time employment. You must work to earn it.

Apply for Work-Study

To see if you qualify for work study, you must submit an approved FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students. 

Important Notes

  • Eligibility for work study does not guarantee a job.
  • A work-study award may be cancelled or reduced if you change your enrollment status.
  • Student employees can work up to 15 hours per week on campus or 19 hours a week off campus. On-campus student employees cannot exceed 69 hours per month without pre-approval.
  • Work-study students are not eligible to work while on Financial Aid suspension.
  • Work-study students must be enrolled in at least 6 college credits (those enrolled in ABE, HSC or IEP courses are not eligible).
  • Approval is required for work-study students to work during quarter breaks.
  • State Work Study requires students to be a Washington state resident.


Find a Job

  1. Verify if you are eligible for Work-Study with the Financial Aid Department. If you haven’t been awarded work-study funding, you can still hold a job on campus. All eligible students may work as student employees regardless of whether they’ve been awarded financial aid.
  1. Check available job openings on the job bulletin board near the Student Job Center. Consider positions related to your major and/or career interest. 
  1. Email regarding the position(s) you’d like to apply for. It is your responsibility to read the job requirements thoroughly and apply only for those positions for which you have the necessary skills.
  1. Obtain a Student Employee Referral form for each interview. This form will contain valuable information regarding the wage, type of job, name of the supervisor, the amount of money you are eligible to earn per quarter, and the number of hours per week you may work. YOU MUST NOT EXCEED THESE MAXIMUMS. The maximum number of hours for a student working at Centralia College is 15 hours per week and not more than 69 hours per month (unless prior approval has been received from the Financial Aid Office & Student Job Center.) A student may only work the maximum if the position has been allocated 15 hours per week.
  1. Student Job Center staff will provide you with referral information to arrange your own interview with the supervisor.
  1. Follow instructions regarding the referral form. The supervisor will need the original copy to sign and return to the Student Job Center. If you are hired, you will complete employment forms.
  1. If you are not hired, ask Student Job Center staff for a referral to another position or for additional help. 


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