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VA Work-Study Allowance

The VA Work-Study Allowance Program can be accessed through your VA Education Office or your local VA Center or VA Regional Office. The VA Work-Study Allowance Program provides you with employment in a division of Veteran Services while you are also a ¾-time or full-time student. Most of the VA work-study jobs are part-time and allow the student to learn on-the-job while also helping the regular staff at the VA. The types of jobs that you will do vary but some common examples include:

  • VA paperwork at your school or the Regional VA Office
  • Work at VA Medical Center
  • Outreach services to help disabled Veterans
  • Administration work for the VA Cemeteries

To be eligible to receive a VA allowance you must be enrolled at a VA approved educational or training program more than ¾ time. You must also be enrolled and receiving assistance through the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Post-9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E), Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) or Educational Assistance Programs for Members of the Reserves.

If you are eligible to receive a VA Work-Study Allowance you can apply for the allowance by filling out VA Form 22-8691. The VA certifying official on campus can help you fill out the paperwork.

You will earn Federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage — whichever is higher — from the VA. The total number of hours you can work cannot exceed more than 25 times the number of weeks in your enrollment period. You may also be paid for your work-study position through your school. If this is the case, you will be paid by the school and by the VA for your work. You can receive advances from the VA for your Work-Study because you will be paid in 50-hour payment timecard increments using VA Form 22-8690. If your enrollment drops or you fail to complete your work-study, you will have to pay back these advanced payments to the VA.

The VA Work-Study Allowance Program can certainly help you make ends meet while you are in school or training. If you find the right job you can get paid double for your work collecting money from the VA and from the school. The best thing about VA Work-Study is that you are helping support the VA and this is the institution that supports you and other Veterans making your work rewarding and meaningful.

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