Other Educational Assistance Available

Work-Study Benefits (22-8691)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Work-Study program allows eligible veterans to perform services for the DVA in return for a monetary allowance equal to the current federal minimum wage. DVA Work-Study payments are non-taxable. Eligible veterans may contract for a maximum of 750 hours of service in a fiscal year. This may not exceed 250 hours in a quarter, semester or other applicable enrollment period. Work-Study services may be performed at DVA regional offices and educational institutions, DVA medical facilities, DVA national cemeteries and certain other organizations approved for outreach activities. Services must be DVA-related.

The student must be pursuing an education or training program under Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 or 1607 and be enrolled at least three-quarter time. 

Whenever feasible, the DVA will give priority to veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 30 percent or more. 

The DVA will consider the following additional selection criteria: (1) need of the student to augment their educational assistance; (2) availability of transportation to the place where the student’s services are to be performed; (3) motivation of the veteran; and (4) compatibility of the work assignment with the student’s physical condition.

It is the student’s responsibility to locate an approved Veterans Affairs Work-Study site.

Please contact the USC Veteran Affairs office at (213) 740-4619 to obtain a VA Work-Study application.

Tutorial Assistance

Tutorial assistance is a supplement to the regular monthly educational assistance allowance and is available to students receiving educational benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607. To qualify, the student must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree program and require tutorial assistance in a subject matter that is part of, a prerequisite for, or indispensable to the approved program of study. For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Education website.