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By integrating classroom learning with real-world work, Pierce College's work study programs offer students the opportunity to gain valuable experience while earning money for college. The program is designed to link students to jobs that enhance their course work and provide critical on-the-job experience.


Work study eligibility is determined through the financial aid application process. Students who are eligible will receive notice of a work study award in their financial aid package. Based on the availability of funds, priority is given to students who complete their financial aid application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA) before the college's priority deadline of May 1.

WorkFirst students

Students who receive Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) through the state's WorkFirst program may fulfill their work requirement through WorkFirst Work Study at Pierce College. This option may be available for up to two quarters and does not count against your temporary assistance grant (though it does affect any food assistance you may be receiving). To learn more, contact Pierce's Workforce Development office at (253) 965-6265.


To be eligible for work study as a veteran, you must:

  • Be a veteran who is currently utilizing your benefits.
  • Be enrolled in 9-11 credits (part-time) or at least 12 credits (full-time).
  • Be enrolled in a program approved by Veterans' Affairs.

Once approved for work study, you must take a job that involves direct service to other veterans. Though Pierce College offers few jobs that meet this requirement, the Pierce College veterans' office can help. For more information call Fort Steilacoom Veterans Affairs at (253) 964-6607 or Puyallup at (253) 864-3292.

Finding a job

You are responsible for contacting potential employers and completing their application or interview process. If you are hired, contact the Financial Aid office for an Authorization Form before you start work. You can start your work study job once classes begin during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. For summer quarter jobs, work can start July 1.

Pierce College does not guarantee that each student will be placed in a work study or non-work study job. If you require additional assistance in finding a job, please contact the Pierce College work study coordinator.

On-Campus Work Study Procedures for Students (pdf)

Employers' guide

Work study students are a great bargain for employers who need motivated, enthusiastic part-time workers. A portion of the student's salary is subsidized by the work study program, so employers save money, gain a valuable employee, and support a program that is critical to student success.

On-Campus Work Study Procedures for Employers (pdf)

Request form for on-campus work study positions (pdf)

Erlinda Cruz
Financial Aid Program Manager

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