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KWSP (KHEAA Work-Study Program) at WKU

Note: This program has not been included in the 2018-20 KY Executive Budget Recommendation.

What is the KHEAA Work-Study Program?

The KHEAA Work-Study Program (KWSP) is a joint venture of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), participating postsecondary institutions, employers, and students. KWSP provides eligible Kentucky students employment opportunities in career-related positions at work sites in Kentucky.

Employer Info

Why would an employer want to participate in the KHEAA Work-Study Program?

  • All Kentucky employers, who are eligible to participate in the program, may receive $2.00 per hour reimbursement, up to a maximum amount, on any eligible students with funds provided by KHEAA. The maximum amount varies with each individual, but it can be substantial.

As an employer, what are the requirements to participate?

  • KHEAA requires each employer to complete a standard three page Employer Agreement once per fiscal year
  • Complete a Position Analysis form for each student twice per year
  • Submit a monthly invoice for each student to receive reimbursement
  • Use the Employment Cancellation Form when a KWSP student quits or is terminated

Benefits for employers:

  • Receive a $2/hour wage reimbursement for eligible student wages up to 20 hours/week while school is in session and 40 hours/week during breaks
  • Interview from a pool of qualified candidates who have an interest in the work performed by your organization
  • Free access to CareerLink, WKU's student employment portal, where you may post job openings, search resumes, download candidates' credentials and schedule on-campus interviews
Student Info

Why would a student want to participate in the KHEAA Work-Study Program?

  • KWSP was created for students who are Kentucky residents seeking a career-related work experience from Kentucky employers
  • KWSP requires that employers pay students competitive wages and these wages may not be lower than the federal minimum wage

As a student, what am I required to do to participate?

  • Come to The Center for Career and Professional Development in DSU, Room 2001 to register with our office and complete the KWSP Student Application
  • You will receive notification of your program eligibility within two weeks by mail
  • Apply for major-related part-time jobs through CareerLink

Benefits for students:

  • Gain career-related work experience
  • Secure a part-time job and earn money to supplement educational expenses
  • Learn from and network with experienced professionals
  • Gain references for use in your job search and graduate school applications

Contact the Center for Career and Professional Development

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 Last Modified 12/5/18