Welcome to WASEA

The student employment field is ever-changing and we are often faced with workforce challenges that greatly effect our role at each of our institutions. These challenges include: budget cuts, the increasing importance of student employees, legal issues, re-authorization, community service requirements (America Reads and Math Counts Programs), changes in technology, and job trends. Meeting and rising up to these challenges requires a great deal of innovation and creativity, the members of WASEA successfully navigate these challenges on a day-to-day basis. Our members take great pride in their contributions to student employment and stand ready to share their knowledge and expertise with you. We encourage you to join our network of student employment professionals and find out how to improve services to students and employers, learn and grow professionally, and take your programs to the next level!

The Benefits of Membership

Members include individuals and institutions associated with the administration and support of student employment in post-secondary educational programs and government, private, community, or civic organizations. Members are often involved in a variety of fields: Financial Aid, JLD, Work-Study, Student Employment, Career Services, Cooperative Education, Internships, Human Resources, and private industry. Please join us and take advantage of all that WASEA has to offer!

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COVID-19 Update from WASEA Board of Directors

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to provide updated guidance on student employment regulations in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The Office of Post-secondary Education has released a statement regarding interruptions of student-related activities related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In this message, they address making Federal Work Study payments for disaster-affected students. In this statement they include:

"Federal law includes a provision allowing an institution to make FWS payments under certain limited circumstances to disaster-affected students who are unable to continue working. Given the unique nature of this situation, it is unlikely that an entire region would be declared a Federal disaster area, yet to students enrolled at a campus that must close temporarily, the loss of this important form of financial aid can be devastating. The impact may be magnified if the institution accommodates students by providing alternative instructional opportunities and the student is required to continue paying tuition, but the student loses FWS as an important part of their financial aid award. For students enrolled and performing FWS at a campus that must close due to COVID-19, or for a FWS student who is employed by an employer that closes as a result of COVID-19, the institution may continue paying the student Federal work-study wages during that closure if it occurred after the beginning of the term, the institution is continuing to pay its other employees (including faculty and staff), and the institution continues to meet its institutional wage share requirement. Students who were prevented from beginning a term at the institution as a result of a COVID-19-related disruption would not be eligible for Federal Student Aid for that term, and therefore could not be paid FWS wages for hours they did not work. Graduate students who are paid FWS wages on salary may continue to be paid for the remainder of the term if the institution is also paying its faculty and staff during that period. In these instances, institutions should document (as contemporaneously as feasible) that the COVID-19 disruption was the reason the student received FWS funds without documentation of hours worked." 

Our Board of Directors in continuing to monitor the situation and will provide any further information here. 

Stay safe and well.