WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
You are eligible if you're training in a college degree, vocational, or professional program at least three-quarter time. You can receive a work-study allowance (in addition to your education benefits) based on the number of hours of work you perform. A work-study allowance is available under most educational assistance programs administered by VA.
HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?
Your hourly pay rate will be the greater of:
(1)The Federal minimum wage; or
(2)The minimum wage for the State in which you are working.
The total number of hours you can work cannot be more than 25 times the number of weeks in your enrollment period. If you elect to receive an advance payment, VA will make your first payment in advance of your work for the lesser of:
(1)40 percent of the total amount of the work-study allowance to be paid under your contract agreement with VA; or
(2)50 hours at your hourly pay rate.
You can only receive one advance payment per contract agreement (original contract agreement and any extension to that contract agreement).
If you do not elect to receive an advance payment, VA will pay you for any hours after you work the hours.
Your final payment will be for the lesser of:
(1)50 hours; or
(2)The number of hours remaining on your contract.
WHAT TYPE OF WORK MAY I DO?
You may do the following types of VA-related work:
∙VA paperwork at schools;
∙VA paperwork at VA offices or facilities;
∙VA outreach services under VA supervision;
∙Outreach services as provided by a State approving agency;
∙Provide hospital, home-care, or medical treatment to veterans at VA medical facilities or other approved facilities (including a State home receiving VA per diem assistance);
∙Administrative (office) work at a national cemetery or a State veteran's cemetery;
∙Work at Department of Defense facilities related to education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR).
NOTE: Only claimants receiving MGIB-SR benefits can do this type of work.
NOTE: The position description duties (job activities) must be provided with the initial Work Site Application, or if changes are made to the Work Site Activities. NOTE: Educational facilities and Offices of Members of Congress are limited to the type of work/duties their Work Study students can perform. These include, but are not limited to the following:
∙Dissemination of general information regarding Veteran benefits and/or services;
∙Preparation, processing, maintaining and organizing Veteran-related files;
∙VA outreach in a cooperative supervisory effort with a VA employee who is controlling the work activities;
∙Performance of work specifically listed in the Work Site's job description;
∙Tasks that require 100% performance of VA-related activities;
∙Work for the specific Work Site listed on the contract agreement/time record;
∙Assisting Congressional Offices with preparing VA benefits claims;
∙Distributing information from Congressional Offices to others about VA and Non-VA benefits.
VA FORM 22-8691, APR 2021