HCC Veterans Workstudy Allowance Program

If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student at Houston Community College you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance.

Who Is Eligible?

The VA work-study allowance is available to persons training under the following programs:

Post-9/11 GI Bill--Chapter 33Montgomery GI Bill--Active--Duty  Chapter 30REAP Participants--Chapter 1607Montgomery GI Bill--Selected Reserve--Chapter 1606Dependents' Educational Assistance Program--Chapter 35Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program -- Chapter 31

VA will select students for the work-study program based on different factors. Such factors include:

Disability of the studentAbility of the student to complete the work-study contract before the end of his or her eligibility to education benefitsJob availability within normal commuting distance to the studentVA will give the highest priority to a veteran who has a service-connected disability or disabilities rated by VA at 30% or more.

How Much May I Earn?

You'll earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour). If you're in a work-study job at a college or university, your school may pay you the difference between the amount VA pays and the amount the school normally pays other work-study students doing the same job as you.

You may elect to be paid in advance for 40 percent of the number of hours in your work-study agreement, or for 50 hours, whichever is less. After you've completed the hours covered by your first payment, VA will pay you each time you complete 50 hours of service.

You may work during or between periods of enrollment. You can arrange with VA to work any number of hours you want during your enrollment. But, the total number of hours you work can't be more than 25 times the number of weeks in your enrollment period.

How Do I Apply?

You can download a copy of the application form HERE and fax it to 713-718-8444 or return it to 3220A Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.   We will review all applications and schedule an interview. If you have any questions feel free to call our Veterans Call Center at 713-718-8522.