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Queen's University

Work Study Progam

Overview:Work Study student

The Work Study Program is intended for students who have the greatest financial difficulty and the fewest financial options by giving them priority for certain part-time jobs (generally, on campus) while they are studying at Queen's.

The Work Study Program is a need-based program, meant to supplement, not replace, government student assistance, student and family contribution and a student line of credit. Therefore, it is expected that students access all available sources of funding before applying for Work Study.

Generally a student will be expected to have qualified for at least $5,000 of government student assistance or a student line of credit to be considered for work study.
The wage for all positions through the Work Study Program is currently $12/hour including vacation pay. The maximum amount of income a student can earn through the Work Study program is outlined below. A student's Work Study entitlement will be based on their financial need.

Academic Session



International and U.S. Students

Application Deadline





September 14

Summer Term

(May - August)



May 4

Summer Term

(May-June or July-August)



May 4

Summer Term




May 4


Future Students

There are two ways to apply for the Work Study Program for students who are applying to an undergraduate program (e.g. Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, etc.), Law or Medicine:

A) Admission Bursary application:

On the Admission Bursary application the is a section in which students can indicate that they wish to be considered for the Work Study Program. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility for the Work Study program at the same time they are notified of their eligibility for an Admission Bursary. For more information about the Admission Bursary and to access the application please visit the Admission Bursary section of the website.


B) Separate Work Study Application:

Students can submit a separate Work Study application if they did not apply for the Admission Bursary or indicated that they did not wish to be considered for the Work Study Program on their Admission Bursary application. For deadlines please review the chart above. Please click on the 'Work Study Application' link below to access the application.

Current Students

Current Queen's students must submit a Work Study application to the Student Awards Office each year to be considered for the program. For deadlines please review the chart above.

Fall Winter Work Study Application

Summer Work Study Application


You will be sent an e-mail to your Queen's email ( account once your application has been reviewed. You will also be able to check SOLUS for your entitlement. If further information is required from you to accurately assess your application, we will send you an e-mail.

Work Study student
Finding a Work Study Job:

If you are awarded a Work Study entitlement it remains your responsibility to find a job. Please visit the Career Services website for complete details on the how to find, and apply for Work Study positions. It is strongly recommended that you apply early in order to begin your job search at the beginning of the academic term.

You may begin working as early as September 1st (May 1st for Summer session) provided you have a Work Study entitlement and your signed Employment Contract has been delivered to the Career Services Office. The Employment Contract must be requested by your employer from Career Services. See the Career Services website for details.

Interaction with Government Student Assistance and other Queen's Financial Assistance:

Earnings through the Work Study Program are considerd taxable income and must be reported on your application for government financial assistance (e.g. OSAP) and your Queen's General Bursary application. If you submitted an government student assistance application or a Queen's General Bursary application before you were awarded a Work Study entitlement you can update your application byproviding the information, in writing, to the Student Awards Office.

Information for Potential Employers:

Detailed information for employers wishing to post a Work Study job is available on the Career Service webiste.

Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP):

The Queen's SWEP was established in 1994 to create on-campus summer employment opportunities for Queen's undergraduate students, providing them with valuable career experiences related to their program of study.

To qualify for SWEP you must be returning to Queen's in the subsequent Fall Term. Jobs are advertised online by Career Services at the beginning of January. Approximately 150 on-campus summer positions are created each year through the SWEP, which is funded through a portion of the Undergraduate Student Assistance Levy and University operating funds directed to student assistance.

Other Employment Options:

In addition to Work Study and SWEP, there are many opportunities for students to obtain part-time employment during the academic year.  For more information on employment opportunities is available on the Career Services website and the Alma Mater Society (AMS) website.

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