The VA Work-Study Program is available to any eligible veteran or their dependents who are receiving VA education benefits and attending school three-quarter time or more. An individual working under this program may work at a school's veterans office, VA Regional Office, VA Medical Facility, CalVet or other approved State employment office. Work-study students are paid at either the State or federal minimum wage, whichever is greater.
To apply for an internship with an approved State Office, the student must attain an enrollment certification VA Form 22-1999-6 from their schools veterans office. The veteran will earn an hourly wage equal to the federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage, whichever is greater, for work completed during or between periods of enrollment. If a veteran is in a work-study job at a college or university, the school may pay the veteran the difference between the amount the VA pays and the amount the school normally pays other work-study students doing the same job as the veteran. A veteran may arrange with the VA to work any number of hours during enrollment, but the total number of hours worked cannot be more than 25 times the number of weeks in the enrollment period.
The VA work-study allowance is available to persons training on a full-time or ¾ time basis under the following programs:
Post-9/11 GI Bill--(38 U.S.C. Chapter 33) (Veterans and transfer-of-entitlement recipients)
Montgomery GI Bill--Active Duty (38 U.S.C. Chapter 30)
Montgomery GI Bill--Selected Reserve (10 U.S.C. Chapter 1606)
Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 32)
Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 35)
Eligible dependents under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 35 may use work study only while training in a State.
National Call to Service Participants
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program -- (38 U.S.C. Chapter 31)
VA will select students for the work-study program based on different factors. Such factors include:
Ability of the student to complete the work-study contract before the end of his or her eligibility to education benefits
Job availability within normal commuting distance to the student
The number of applicants selected will depend on the availability of VA-related work at your school or at VA facilities in your area. Veterans with service-connected disabilities of at least 30% may be given priority consideration.
What are Some Examples of Acceptable Work?
Processing VA paperwork at schools or VA offices.
Performing outreach services under the supervision of VA staff.
Performing services at VA medical facilities or the offices of the National Cemetery Administration.
The work the veteran actually does will depend on the veteran's interests and the type of work available; however, it must be related to the VA. To apply, complete VA Form 22-8691. For more information about education benefits, contact the local County Veterans Service Office.
Phone: (888) GI BILL1 (442-4551)Website: GI Bill Workstudy Program
For more information about education benefits, contact the local County Veterans Service Office.
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