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Financial Aid

Work Study

For the 2022-2023 academic year, eligible undergrads will be awarded $4,000; more may be awarded upon written request.

  • The Financial Aid Office assists hundreds of students to find Work-Study employment.
  • Work-Study is like any other job; you work and receive a paycheck for your earnings from your employer.
  • A Work-Study job reduces your eligibility for other financial aid.
  • CWU participates in the federal and state Work-Study programs
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About Work-Study

Work-Study is a need-based financial aid award that is not deposited into your student account; you will receive paychecks for hours worked. It is not a grant (you must work to earn it) and it is not a loan (you don't have to repay it). Students must qualify for need-based financial aid to receive Work-Study. Work-Study awards are only available during the academic year.

Work-Study awards are made on a funds-available basis to students with financial aid "need". Students are not guaranteed an award. You must meet requirements for the applicable Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy. 

Considerations in Student Off-Campus Work & Work-Study

Contact Information

Please schedule an appointment or call Financial Aid at (509) 963-1611 with eligibility questions

With any other Work Study related questions please email

               Work Study office hours are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am to noon


SNAP/EBT Benefits for Work Study eligible students

If you are eligible for work study or are a current work study student, you can qualify for SNAP/EBT benefits.

FISH is the local Assisting Agency for WA State SNAP/EBT Benefits. Please contact them with any questions:

FISH Community Food Bank
(509) 925-5990 Ext. 809 | 804 Elmview Rd, Ellensburg, WA

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