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VA Student Work-Study Allowance Program

Thomas Edison State University is honored to be participating in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Student Work-Study Allowance Program, which offers an additional allowance to veteran students in return for their performing services in VA-related activities. Veteran students selected for program at Thomas Edison State University will work in the University’s Office of Military and Veteran Education.

The VA selects students for the work-study program based on their ability to complete the work-study contract before the end of their eligibility to education benefits and based on job availability within a normal commuting distance to the student.

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Who is Eligible?
The program is open to persons training on a full-time or 3/4-time basis under the following programs:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
  • REAP Participants
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
  • Eligible dependents under Chapter 35 may use work-study only while training in a state
  • National Call to Service Participants
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Program (Chapter 31)

How Much Can I Earn?
You will earn an hourly wage equal to the New Jersey minimum wage and may elect to be paid in advance for 40 percent of the number of hours in your work-study agreement, or for 50 hours, whichever is less. After you have completed the hours covered by your first payment, VA will pay you each time you complete 50 hours of service.

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 (e.g. if you are enrolled in a 12 week term the maximum number of hours you may work is 300).

What Type of Work May I Do?
Services you perform under a VA work-study program must be related to VA work. Examples of acceptable work at Thomas Edison State University may include:

  • The preparation and processing of necessary papers and other documents
  • Assisting with the dissemination of general information regarding veteran benefits and/or services
  • Providing assistance to veteran students with general inquiries about veteran benefits via phone, email, or in person
  • Maintaining and organizing veteran-related files

How Do I Apply?

  • Interested veteran students must submit a resume (2-page maximum) and VA Form 22-8691, Application for Work-Study Allowance to Please title your subject line "VA Work-Study".
  • Applications will be evaluated and candidates will be selected throughout the year as needed to fill vacancies.
  • Those selected to fill VA Work-Study positions must be prepared to start within 30 days of selection notification.

For more information, visit VA Student Work-Study Allowance Program on the VA website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at