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VA Work-Study Program Helps Veterans Earn While They Learn

July 17, 2013

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Student veterans at colleges and universities around the country are eligible to participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Work-Study Program, which pays for up to 20 hours of work in veteran-related activities such as helping with campus veteran support services or working at a veterans' hospital.

The program is available to student veterans enrolled in a higher education degree or training program on a full- or ¾-time basis under a range of VA programs, including the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI bills.

The number of applicants selected depends on the availability of VA-related work at a particular institution or at VA facilities in the area. Veterans with service-connected disabilities of at least 30 percent may be given priority consideration.

VA Work-Study is separate from the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program. Unlike FWS, the VA pays the full amount for veterans in its program—the institution is not required to match the funds.  

For more on the program, see the video below:

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