The State Work Study (SWS) program helps low- and middle-income undergraduate and graduate students earn money to pay part of their college costs while gaining valuable work experience in jobs related to their interests and goals. This allows students to develop career skills and job connections while avoiding added loan debt.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- File for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid).
Note: U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens should complete the FAFSA. Students who are ineligible for federal financial aid but who have DACA (Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals) status should file the WASFA. For more information on which form to file, see our WASFA questionnaire.
- Be a resident of Washington State.
- Enroll at least half-time in an eligible program at a participating college or university.
- Not be pursuing a degree in theology.
- Not owe a refund or repayment, or be in default in another financial aid program.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Be able to work legally in the United States.
Awards are based on the availability of funds and your determined financial need. While awards vary, students generally earn between $2,000 and $5,000 per year. Students may not work more than an average of 19 hours per week while enrolled, or more than 40 hours per week during breaks - depending on their award.
How to Apply
You will automatically be considered for State Work Study when you file the FAFSA or WASFA.
Contact the Student Employment or Financial Aid office at your college for more information.