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Work Study Process

How do I get Work Study?

The first step is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the EWU priority deadline of February 15th and to make sure that you answer "yes" to the work study question on your FAFSA.  The FAFSA must be completed each year to be considered.

The next step is to make sure to respond promptly to any request for information from the Financial Aid office. 

Once your application is complete and has been reviewed by the Financial Aid Office, you will receive notice of your award through your Eagles email.  Please check your e-mail frequently for instructions on how to access your award in EagleNet via the "myEWU Portal" and review all award messages closely.  If you meet the initial workstudy eligibility requirements, you will be granted access to a Work Study Request Form with a due date of August 3rd.   Submission of the form does not guarantee an award, but will put you on the final list for consideration.  Awards will then be made in early August and if you are awarded, you will see an estimated amount on your EagleNet account.  If you do not see a work study estimate, you were not awarded work study for the academic year.  In the event that you do not receive an award, you can still apply for non-work study jobs at Eastern under the institutional employment program.

I have been awarded Work Study, now what?

After you have received your work study award, you will need to activate an EagleAXIS account using the following steps:

  • Login to the "myEWU Portal" using your EWU NetID.  If you don't know your NetID, click on the "Need your NetID or password" link on the signon page to obtain or reset it.
  • Click on EagleAXIS.
  • Complete or update your profile and upload all relevant documents. 

Submitting a Resume or EWU Job Application

Most on-campus and off-campus jobs require a resume to apply.  If not, you may use the EWU On-Campus Job Application, located in the EagleAXIS Multimedia Career Library.  If the job posting does require a resume, you will need to create one.  Resume assistance can be obtained by visiting the Career Services resources page or by visiting Career Services in Showalter Hall 114.

  • Login to your EagleAXIS account with your EWU Net ID.
  • Select the "Documents and Resources" tab.
  • Under "Documents" tab, click on the "Add New" button.
  • In the "Label" field, input the appropriate title for your document.
  • Under the "Document Type", select the correct option.
  • Browse for your file and select the document you want to upload.
  • Select "Submit".

You are strongly encouraged to have a Career Advisor review your resume before applying for positions outside of the University.  Career Services is located in Showalter Hall 114.  You may also visit their website at:



Searching and Applying for Jobs

Log in to your EagleAXIS account using your EWU NetID.

  • Click on the "Search Opportunities" tab, and then click on "Jobs - EagleAXIS".
  • Refine your job search by clicking on "Advanced Search"
  • For "Position Type" select "On Campus - Workstudy" or "Off Campus - Workstudy" and then click on the "Search" button.
  • At the bottom of the page, a list of available positions will appear. (Hint: Clicking on the "Job Title", "Employer", "Position Type", "Posted" or "Deadline" column headings will sort the list by that column).
  • Click on the job title link to view the full job description.
  • To apply for the position, look to the right side of the full job description and click "Apply".
  • If it says "Application Status" you do not have any resumes available to submit.  Please upload your resume and try again.   

Is other hiring paperwork required?

Yes. Complete and print out the Hiring Document Checklist and all the forms on the Hiring Documents page, or come directly to the Student Employment Office in Sutton Hall 303.

Important Notice: To work at Eastern Washington University as a student employee, you must present original identification documents available by the third day of work.  These documents are listed on the Department of Homeland Security website and you must present them in person when you come to campus. 

  • DO NOT SIGN THE HIRING FORMS WHEN YOU FILL THEM OUT!   Instead, bring the forms into the Student Employment office where you will sign them.  Photo identification is required.

If someone else (such as a parent) claims you as a dependent on their tax return, you may want to discuss how their future tax returns may be affected and how you should complete your W-4 withholding section. For W-4 questions, contact the Payroll office at 509.359-2325 or visit them at Showalter Hall 322.

Where do I get my Work Study Authorization Form?

If you have been awarded Work Study for 2015-2016, you may pick up your Work Study Authorization Form in the Student Employment Office (Sutton Hall 303) on or after Labor Day.  Photo ID is required when you pick up the form and all hiring paperwork must be complete.

Can I use Work Study Off Campus?

Yes. Work study jobs can be on-campus, or off-campus where the employer has entered into a formal agreement with either EWU or the Washington State Achievement Council (WSAC) (formerly HECB).  Please be aware that off-campus jobs are very limited.

  • If the employer is already contracted with the WSAC, all you need is a current job description (posted in EagleAXIS) and your completed Off Campus Part Time Authorization form available in the Student Employment office.

Off Campus Community Service Jobs

EWU encourages all students to perform jobs which provide a community service.

  • Students who are eligible for work study may seek jobs that perform a community service. These positions are paid just as any other work study job would be, but in addition, provide a valuable community service.
  • If the employer is already contracted with WSAC, all you need is a current job description (posted in EagleAXIS) and your completed Off Campus Part-Time Authorization form available in the Student Employment Office.
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