Student eligibility for work study

Students who wish to be considered for a work study job must meet the eligibility requirements.

The work study program is available September to April each year. There is no work study during the summer term (May-August).

Work study participants must meet the following registration requirements

  • undergraduate students: 4.5 units for credit in each term
  • students with a permanent disability: 3.0 units for credit in each term
  • graduate students: as defined by Graduate Admissions and Records
  • international students must meet the eligibilty requirements to legally work in Canada, including full-time registration as per the UVic calendar definition (with limited exceptions)
    • please review the International Centre for Students (ICS) Working in Canada webpage for details

Furthermore, work study participants must not drop below the minimum registration requirements at any time between September and April.

Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, students must:

  1. Complete a work study application
  2. Wait a minimum of 4 full business days to receive the status of application for eligibility, by email, to their preferred UVic email address.

Eligible Students

Students authorized to participate in the work study program will be sent an email informing them of their eligible hours and the study period for which the authorization is valid.  Authorized students may visit the Work Study Program website to view and apply for current job postings.  Please be sure to advise the supervisor of your pre-approved work study eligible hours at the time of application, interview and/or hire.

Should you be the successful candidate, the supervisor will contact to request a pdf version of your work study authorization form.  The supervisor will complete, sign and return the work study authorization form to  The student may only commence work once the authorization has been received by Student Awards and Financial Aid.

The eligible student may only accept and work in one work study job at a time.

A Social Insurance Number is required to participate in the work study program
All students must have a valid Social Insurance Number before commencing work in a work study job. Apply for your SIN in person at a Service Canada Centre. The Service Canada Centre in Victoria is located at 1401 Douglas Street. If you have the right documents, you will get a SIN during your visit.

If you are an international student, visit the Social Insurance Number section of the ICS Working in Canada webpage for information on how to apply for a SIN.


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