Participants who train at the three-quarter or full-time rate may be eligible for a work-study program in which they work for the VA and receive hourly wages. The types of work allowed include:
1. Outreach services.
2. VA paperwork.
3. Work at national or state veterans’ cemeteries.
4. Work at VA medical centers or state veterans’ homes.
5. Other VA-approved activities.
You’ll earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater. If you’re in a work-study job at a college or university, your school may pay you the difference between the amount VA pays and the amount the school normally pays other work-study students doing the same job as you.
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. After you’ve 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.