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The VA Work Study Program – Is It for You?

by Ron Kness on November 5, 2012

This seems to be a little-known program that can be a big boost to a veteran’s income while going to school, along with helping other veterans. The VA Work Study Program is open to veteran students who have a rate of pursuit between ¾ to full-time and are in a college degree, vocational or professional training program.

Eligibility Requirements

Besides rate of pursuit, a veteran student must also be using one of the following GI Bill programs to be eligible for the VA Work Study Program:

Students in the VRAP program are not eligible for the VA Work Study Program. The VA selects veteran students into the program based on a number of factors including:

  • – Applicants with service-connected disability or disabilities rated by VA at 30% or more get priority.
    – The student being able to complete the work-study contract before his or her GI Bill program entitlement runs out.
    – The availability of jobs within normal commuting distance.

The number of applicants selected into the program depends on the availability of VA-related work at the student’s school or in the surrounding area.

Payment

Students accepted into the program generally earn the minimum hourly wage at either the Federal or State level, whichever is more. If selected to work at your school, your school may choose to pay you the difference between what the VA pays and what the school normally pays other work study students not in the VA Work Study Program.

Generally, you can work as many hours as you want, but the total number of hours worked overall cannot exceed more than 25 times the number of weeks in your enrollment period.

Type of Work

VA Work Study Program student generally performs work that relates in some way to the VA. Some examples of work include, but are not limited to:

  • – Processing paperwork at your school or VA Office.
  • – Performing VA Supervised outreach services.
  • – Working at VA medical facilities or at a National Cemetery

The work you are selected to do is based both on the work available and your interests. Money earned is tax-free.

Application Procedures

Apply by completing VA Form 22-8691. Send your completed form to the VA Regional Office responsible for servicing the state where your school is located.

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