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WorkStudy Program

WorkStudy is a TRU funded financial assistance program running on the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses which offers an opportunity for full-time Canadian students with financial need to work part-time in positions that accommodate their studies.

Current Open Positions

Earn and Learn

The application to confirm WorkStudy eligibility opens in myTRU (under Awards & Financial Aid, apply for award) each year in August. Once your eligibility status for the application is ‘pending’, you will receive an eligibility form via email. Only then may you review the online roster of positions to see which individual positions are available, and make contact with listed supervisor to apply for their position. Please provide the eligibility form to the supervisor if they offer you the position. All hiring is at the discretion of the WorkStudy supervisor. If there are questions about your application or if you are denied eligibility, you will receive an email with more information. The status of individual positions are continually updated as they are filled.

You may not apply for any WorkStudy positions or submit resumes until after you have been fully approved for the program by Student Awards. International students are not permitted to apply at this time.

About WorkStudy

 Do I qualify for WorkStudy?

Positions are available to university students who are

  • enrolled full-time,
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents,
  • maintaining a satisfactory academic standing (2.00 Current GPA) and
  • who have demonstrated financial need via a student loan or bursary application
 When is WorkStudy available?

The program runs in the fall and winter semesters only, with hiring starting at the beginning of September in the fall and running until all budgeted positions are filled.

 What are the wages?

WorkStudy positions pay minimum wage, and are a maximum of eight hours per week (240 hours or up to $3,600 for the academic year). Please note that while most positions have flexible hours (which can work around exams and other academic deadlines), most positions also do not guarantee eight hours of work each week, so very few students would earn the maximum in a year. Consult with position supervisors on the probable hours before you accept any position.

 What kinds of jobs are available?

For a listing of positions currently available, please see the roster of positions above, updated almost daily from late August until hiring ceases.

 How do I apply?

The online application is available through myTRU, under Awards & Financial Aid. Please go to ‘Apply for Award’, from there you will see the available WorkStudy application. It will be available from late August until hiring closes, which can be in the third or fourth month of the fall semester.

 How do I know if my application has been approved?

Check the status of your application under Awards & Financial Aid in myTRU. Once your WorkStudy application shows as Pending, your Eligibility Form will be emailed to you.

Advantages of the WorkStudy program

  • Assists students in financial need with a regular source of income that does not add to their debt load.
  • Offers students training and experience that will assist them in further studies and their eventual entrance into the workforce.
  • Allows students to help staff and faculty with projects and initiatives that would otherwise not be completed.

The WorkStudy program is provided as a need-based supplement to government student assistance, bursaries, and student and family resources.

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