Work Study

Western’s Work Study program offers an opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies. The objectives of the Work Study program are: to assist students in financial need with a regular source of income, offer students training and experience that will assist them in further studies and their eventual entrance into the workforce, and to help staff and faculty. Financial need is determined in a manner similar to the Canada and Ontario Student Loans assessment. It involves assessing the costs of the program the student is registered in, based on advice from our students, and the resources available to them.

Best Practices for Work Study Students (pdf) - information about your responsibilities as a work study student.

Fall/Winter Work Study


To be eligible for Work Study, you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and demonstrate a genuine financial need.  If you are applying in Fall/Winter, you must be registered at main campus in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with disabilities).

Work Study is generally not offered to first year students, as their financial need is met through the Admission Bursary process, and Work Study assistance would decrease the amount of Admission Bursary assistance.  For special circumstances for international or graduate students, please see below.

Note: Students registered at an affiliated college are not eligible for the main campus Work Study program during the Fall/Winter academic term.  If you are attending at an affiliate, please check with your college for information regarding available Work Study.

How to Apply

The Bursary, Work Study & Need Based Award programs are all based on financial need, and are all applied for via the Financial Assistance Profile Application. The Fall/Winter 2018 application is available through the Student Center . 

Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply for work study for the Fall/Winter term is February 28.

Summer Work Study

Financial assistance is also available during the summer term for registered summer students. The application for summer bursary and Work Study funding becomes available in late April each year through the Student Center.  To be eligible to apply, students must be registered in a minimum half credit (not Distance Studies) during the Summer term and must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Note: Students who are registered in a 0.5 Distance Studies course only are not eligible to apply for funding.

Deadline to apply for Summer 2018: July 18, 2018

International Students

Special Financial Assistance, including the International Student Work Opportunities Program, are available specifically for International Students.  Click here for information on the programs available.

Graduate Students

The Graduate Work Study Program at Western is funded through tuition set-aside funds and administered through the Office of the Registrar.  There are a limited number of spaces available in this program in each term and graduate students must apply and be approved for Work Study in each term.  Applications are assessed in a similar fashion to that of the Undergraduate program; however, decisions are based on the highest demonstrated financial need among the pool of applicants. Approval in one term does not guarantee approval in future terms and any unused hours in one term cannot be carried over to a future term. Graduate terms run from September-December, January- April and May-August.

Minimum Eligibility:

To be eligible for Graduate Work Study, you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, registered in a full-time graduate program at Western and demonstrate a genuine financial need.


Fall 2018 Graduate Work Study Application (pdf)

Application Deadline:

The Fall 2018 application deadline has passed. The Winter 2019 application will be available in mid-December.

Special Financial Assistance is available for Graduate Students. Click here for information on the programs available.

Work Study Supervisor

If you are a Work Study Supervisor looking for information, please click here.