Western’s Work Study program offers an opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies. The objectives of the Work Study program are: to assist students in financial need with a regular source of income that does not add to their debt load, offer students training and experience that will assist them in further studies and their eventual entrance into the workforce, and to help staff and faculty. Financial need is determined in a manner similar to the Canada and Ontario Student Loans assessment. It involves assessing the costs of the program the student is registered in, based on advice from our students, and the resources available to them.
Fall/Winter Work Study
To be eligible for Work Study, you must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and demonstrate a genuine financial need. If you are applying in Fall/Winter, you must be registered at main campus in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with disabilities).
Work Study is generally not offered to first year students, as their financial need is met through the Admission Bursary process, and Work Study assistance would decrease the amount of Admission Bursary assistance. For special circumstances for international or graduate students, please see below.
Note: Students registered at an affiliated college are not eligible for the main campus Work Study program during the Fall/Winter academic term. If you are attending at an affiliate, please check with your college for information regarding available Work Study.
How to Apply
The Bursary, Work Study & Need Based Award programs are all based on financial need, and are all applied for via the Financial Assistance Profile Application, which is accessible through Student Services. The Fall/Winter Financial Assistance Profile Application becomes available in late August each year.
The application for Fall/Winter work study will be available until March 8th. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please book an appointment with your Financial Aid Officer by calling the helpline at 519-661-2100.
Summer Work Study
Financial assistance is also available during the summer term for registered summer students. The application for bursary and work-study funding will be available in mid to late April via Student Services. To be eligible to apply, students must be registered in a minimum half credit during the Summer term and must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
Special Financial Assistance, including the International Student Work Opportunities Program, are available specifically for International Students. Click here for information on the programs available.
Special Financial Assistance is available for Graduate Students. Click here for information on the programs available.
Work Study Supervisor
If you are a work study supervisor looking for information,please click here.