Work Study Program

What is the work study program?

Work study is an on-campus part-time job program to assist students with demonstrated financial need meet their educational costs by working part-time during their registered term.

Who can apply?

  • Undergraduate students registered in an academic term who maintain a minimum registration of 1.5 credits (1.0 credits for permanently disabled students) for the term applied.
  • Undergraduate students must have a complete and error free full-time OSAP (or applicable provincial/territory student assistance program) application on file at the time of application.
  • Graduate students registered in full-time studies.
  • Students must have a valid social insurance number (

Other restrictions may apply

Where and How do you apply?

  • Students must be approved by SFS as having demonstrated financial need.  Submit a Financial Need Assessment Form (NAF) and once you have your approval email, you are eligible to submit a job application to the hiring department.
  • Financial Need Assessment forms and Work-Study job postings are usually available and posted two weeks before the start of the each semester. Deadline dates to submit the Financial Need Assessment (N.A.F) form are as follows: Summer term will be the third Friday of every June; Fall/Winter term will be the third Monday every January. N.A.F.s submitted after these dates will not be processed, however, approved students may still apply to 'open' positions listed.
  • The NAF can be printed from the 'Forms/Documents' page or can be picked from the office. Completed applications can be dropped in the red drop boxes just inside the gates on the 3rd Floor, University Centre. We will also accept email scans to or faxes to 519-823-9421.

What happens after I submit my NAF?

Within 5 - 10 working days you will be notified by email of your eligibility to participate in the work study program (due to the volume of applications expect delays for the first two weeks of the fall semester). Once you receive the approved email from the Student Awards office, you can review the list of 'open' positions and apply directly to the contact listed in the posting. Work-Study positions are not guaranteed and are competitive.  Ensure that you apply with a proper cover letter, resume and include the email approval you received from Student Awards. 

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