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Military Connection CenterVA Work Study

The work-study program is a VA education benefit offered to military students working towards a college degree, vocational certificate, or from ¾ to full time. In this assistance program, financial aid is traded in return for volunteering personal time. Most work-study assignments include completing and processing paperwork, assisting with recruitment services, and working at medical facilities, among other common VA duties.


  1. Post-9/11 GI Bill--(38 U.S.C. Chapter 33) (Veterans and transfer-of-entitlement recipients)

  2. Montgomery GI Bill--Active Duty (38 U.S.C. Chapter 30)

  3. REAP Participants

  4. Montgomery GI Bill--Selected Reserve (10 U.S.C. Chapter 1606)

  5. Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 32)

  6. Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 35)

    • Eligible dependents may use work study only while training in a State.
  7. National Call to Service Participants

  8. Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) -- (38 U.S.C. Chapter 31)


You may work during or between periods of enrollment. You can arrange with VA to work any number of hours you want during your enrollment. But, the total number of hours you work can't be more than 25 times the number of weeks in your enrollment period.

  1. Earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater.

  2. You may elect to be paid in advance for 40% of the number of hours in your work-study agreement, or for 50 hours, whichever is less.

  3. After you've completed the hours covered by your first payment, the VA will pay you each time you complete 50 hours of service.

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