Work Study

Please view recent Work-Study updates, reminders, and Eform/Onboarding changes below: 

Minimum Wage Increase:

As of January 1, 2021, the state minimum wage will increase, along with localities with higher minimum wages than the state minimum, as follows:

  • Seattle’s minimum wage will increase to $16.69 per hour for all employers within city limits, regardless of the number of employees. 

Work-Study Reminders:

  • Students’ may not exceed their maximum gross Work-Study award for any given quarter
  • Students’ may work up-to a maximum of 40 hours per week during the time the college is on an official break (fall, winter, and spring), providing they have funds remaining

Eform/Onboarding Changes

HR will need to implement an extended moratorium on all employee changes, including new hires and any changes to employee records currently driven by eForms, as we make the transition to the PeopleSoft system. 

  • This means that beginning January 15, 2021 through at least March 8, 2021, we will discontinue our use of the Liquid Office eForms system and will remove the ability to open new requisitions in the NeoGov system.”
  • No new hires for work-study students will be accepted during the moratorium, as the hiring departments will not be able to complete the new hirer onboarding process.


Work-Study is a form of financial aid; paid out of the Federal or State Work-Study budget. Qualifying students work an approved job on or off-campus, which helps students pay for whatever educational expense they may have. Work-Study contributes to the economic growth by creating jobs, while adding experienced, highly skilled college graduates to the workforce.


Work-Study awards are considered self-help funds; therefore, they are not disbursed at the beginning of the quarter. Instead, Work-Study students earn their award by hours worked in each given quarter. Those funds are paid to the student(s) via direct deposit or paper check twice a month (aligning with Seattle Central’s payroll schedule). Work-Study students may use their Work-Study funds to help cover any educational expenses they may have. Such as: purchasing school supplies, transportation expenses, living expenses, childcare, etc.


The Financial Aid Office will determine a student(s) Work-Study eligibility after the completion of the financial aid application process. There are several factors taken into account when making that determination. If you are interested in participating in the Work-Study program and did not receive a Work-Study award, please contact the Work-Study Specialist at:, for more information.