Through State Work Study (SWS), students help employers with their part-time staffing needs, while earning money for college and gaining valuable work experience. The state's two- and four-year colleges and universities, and many private colleges and universities, offer this form of financial aid to eligible Washington residents.
Read about recent program changes
Want to become a State Work Study employer?
We invite you to join the more than 1,000 employers participating in Washington's nationally recognized State Work Study program.
Consider the benefits:
You can . . .
- Hire bright employees - college students with the cutting-edge skills your organization needs.
- Preview talent - you will be able to observe their on-the-job performance and preview some of the top talent in the state.
- Save money - on wages and on-the-job training and, if you like what you see, save again on future recruitment and hiring costs.
To encourage employers to participate, the state reimburses a percentage of the student's wages.
- Determine the kind of work you need performed.
- Contact a participating college or university.
- Complete and return the Employer Contract and Profile Form and the Student Job Description.
- Following approval, interview student employees and confirm their eligibility.
Then you're ready to hire, train, and pay your student employee and be reimbursed.
- Participating Colleges and Universities
- Program Fact Sheet
Resources for Employers
- Employer Handbook
- Employer Contract and Profile Form
- Student Job Description
- Employer Information Change Request
- Student Time Sheet
- Student Earnings Spreadsheet
State Laws and Rules
State Statute — RCW 28B.12
State Rules and Regulations — WAC 250-40
To learn more contact the Student Employment Administrator at a participating college or university, or contact the Washington Student Achievement Council at:
E-mail: Marlena Rae Robbins