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Queen's Work Study Program

Queen's Work Study program provides eligible students the opportunity to receive priority for certain part-time positions during a specified period of study.  The Work Study Program is an excellent opportunity to assist students demonstrating financial need with a source of income to supplement their cost of studies. 

Eligibility is determined on the basis of demonstrated financial need for students in any year of any Faculty or School at Queen's University.  Canadian citizens/permanent residents must be accessing government student assistance to be considered for Work Study.

Students are informed of their Work Study Entitlement by the Student Awards Office.  The Work Study entitlement value is not a monetary award. 

If a student is hired for a Work Study employment position, an hourly wage is paid as employment income directly to the student by their Work Study employer.  Students are eligible to earn up to their Work Study entitlement during the specified term(s) of study.

Queen's students assisting at a food bank

Work Study Wages:

Wage is $14.60/hr including vacation pay

Work Study Entitlement:

Work Study Program Fall and Winter Term

  • Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents - $2,000 ($1,000 per term)
  • International Students - $3,000 ($1,500 per term)

Work Study Program Summer Term

  • Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents - $1,000
  • International Students - $1,500
Work Study Application Deadlines:

Work Study Program Fall and Winter Term – apply by September 14 (application opens mid-Summer)

Work Study Program Summer Term – apply by May 31 (application opens March 19)

Work Study Program - Fall and Winter Term

Fall and Winter Eligibility Criteria

Automatic Eligibility Criteria – No Fall Winter Work Study application required for current year

Students, on an annual basis, will be automatically be approved for a Work Study Entitlement for the current fall-winter academic year on the basis of:

  • Receipt of work study entitlement in the prior academic year (e.g. 2018-19), and
  • if Canadian citizen/Permanent Resident or US Student: 
    • prior government assistance received of $5000 or higher in the last academic year (e.g. 2018-19) in order to remain eligible for this entitlement for the current year.
  • Students must be registered in a full time academic load for both the Fall and Winter Term (9.0 credit units or higher per term) or 40% of a full course load (6.0 credit units per term) for students with disabilities.
    • Students who reduce their academic course load below these thresholds will not remain eligible to retain their Work Study Entitlement.

By mid-July, if you are automatically approved for the current fall-winter Work Study Entitlement you will receive an email communication and will be able to view your Work Study entitlement in ‘View Financial Aid’ in your SOLUS Student Center

If at any time, you wish to request a cancellation of a Work Study entitlement you may email Queen’s at bursary@queensu.ca

Standard Eligibility - Fall and Winter Work Study Application must be submitted

  • Undergraduate degree programs – Students must be registered in a full time academic load for both the Fall and Winter Term (9.0 credit units or higher per term) or 40% of a full course load (6.0 credit units per term) for students with disabilities.

  • Graduate Degree / Professional Programs – must be registered in a Full-time academic load in both Fall and Winter terms

  • Canadian / Permanent Residents and U.S. Students – must be receiving a minimum of $5,000 in government student assistance for the fall and winter terms.

Work Study Program - Summer Term

Summer Term Eligibility Criteria

Automatic Eligibility Criteria – No Summer Term Work Study application required for current year

Graduate students previously enrolled in a full-time academic course load for Fall and Winter and enrolled in a full-time course load for Summer term and meeting the following conditions:

Canadian citizens/Permanent Residents: 

  • Received government student aid for the current academic year greater than $5,000, and
  • Received a Work Study Entitlement for Fall and/or Winter terms

International:

  • Received a Work Study entitlement in Fall and/or Winter term and/or
  • Received a Queen’s bursary for the current academic year

(Graduate students who meet these criteria will be emailed confirmation of their eligibility and entitlement for Summer term Work Study early March)

Standard Eligibility Criteria - Summer Work Study Application must be submitted

  • Undergraduate degree programs – Students must be registered in a minimum of 9 credit units over any combination of summer sessions or 6.0 credit units for students with disabilities.
  • Graduate Degree / Professional Programs – must be registered in a Full-time academic load in summer term
  • Canadian / Permanent Residents and U.S. Students – must be receiving a minimum of $2,000 in government student assistance for the summer term.

(Graduate students must be accessing a minumum of $5,000 in government student assistance for the current academic year)

Additional Employment Resources:

Information for Potential Employers:

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

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.