Work Study

What is work study?  It is a need-based program that provides eligibility to work part-time on or off-campus while pursuing your studies at Cornish.

How is it funded?  If you are a legal resident, it is funded by the State of Washington and your employer, and your award is called State Work Study. Otherwise, it is funded by the federal government and your employer, and your award is called Federal Work Study.

What is the difference between a work study job and a regular part-time job?  Some of the benefits of a work study job are scheduling flexibility, working in your field of study, work study earnings typically not increasing your FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC), a possible eligibility for the State of Washington Food Stamp Program while you maintain your work study job, whether you are a legal resident or not.

How do I get paid?  For an on-campus job, you and your supervisor keep track of hours worked on a timesheet you both sign on the 19th of the month and submit to the Office of Financial Aid. At Cornish, you receive a paycheck once a month at the end of the month. For an off-campus job, you do the same but according to your employer's payroll and timeline. You must be paid at least once a month.

How much can I earn?  You can earn up to your award amount. You must be paid an hourly wage that is equal to an entry level non work study position performing similar duties with the organization and, never less than Washington State minimum wage, $14.00 starting January 1, 2018. You can work a maximum of 19 hours per week during enrollment periods and breaks.

For more information about the work study program, please visit the Work Study Program DefinitionWork Study Residency Classification Information and Rate of Pay and Benefits Paid to Work Study Students.

Work Study Job Postings

  1. Check to see if you're eligible for work study. On Compass in the 'Financial Aid' tab under 'Your Financial Aid Award' you can see if you are eligible for work study and view whether you have a State or Federal award (you must be eligible for the program to participate in it and can only apply for jobs within your designated award).
  2. Look through the posted jobs. The jobs posted below are currently in the hiring process. Read through the criteria and description to see if the job is the right fit for you. 
  •             Each job title specifies next to it how many positions are available for hire and whether those positions are State or Federal
  •             i.e. (x2 Federal) means there are two positions available and they are both Federal work study positions

        3. If you find a position you qualify for and are interested in, follow the instructions at the bottom of the posting for how to apply for the position.