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Learning Aligned Employment Program
Are you interested in paid internships that can potentially result in full-time employment after graduation?
The Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) is funded by the California Student Aid Commission to support students with financial needs. LAEP provides funds to participating public postsecondary educational institutions to offer eligible students opportunities to earn money to help pay their educational costs while gaining career-related experience in their fields of study. LAEP allows a participating student to conduct research that relates to the student’s area of study, career objective, or the exploration of career objectives.
- Underrepresented student *
- Eligible to work in the United States
- California resident
- Meet financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be in good academic standing with your school and major
- Enrolled at least half-time at CSU East Bay as an undergraduate student
*“Underrepresented” students include first-generation college students, low-income students, students who are current or former foster youth, homeless students or those at risk of becoming homeless, students with disabilities, displaced workers, students with dependent children, formerly incarcerated students, undocumented students, students meeting the requirements of AB 540, and veterans.
LAEP Position Details
- Award amount: up to $6,000 for the academic year, based on your financial need and eligibility.
- Semester: Fall and Spring
- Staff/Faculty/Supervisor Required: Staff/Faculty/Supervisor will sign and approval LAEP student contract.
- Hourly rate: At least minimum wage (hourly rate is set by the department & HR).
- Weekly Hours: set by each hiring department, maximum of 20 hrs. a week.
- Not available during Summer
Note: Scheduled hours of work are set by the department, but will not exceed 20 hrs. per week.
Contact the Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE) office to learn more about LAEP Career Opportunities! Click here to visit their webpage.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can students participate in other student programs?
Yes, but students may not exceed 20hrs. per week, and must meet the required financial need for some student employment programs.
How can I participate in the LAEP program?
To get started, contact the Academic Advising and Career Education (AACE) office.
What is an "underrepresented" student?
For the purpose of determining LAEP eligibility, “underrepresented” students include first-generation college students, low-income students, students who are current or former foster youth, homeless students or those at risk of becoming homeless, students with disabilities, displaced workers, students with dependent children, formerly incarcerated students, undocumented students, students meeting the requirements of Assembly Bill 540 of the 2001–2002 Regular Session of the Legislature, and students who are veterans.
How much can I earn?
Students may earn up to $6,000 during the academic year.
Can graduate students participate in the LAEP program?
No, the program is only open to students pursuing an initial undergraduate degree. It includes Teaching Credential students in their 5th year.
Can I hold more than one LAEP job?
No, you may hold only one LAEP job, at a time. Therefore, you should select a job that provides enough hours to earn the total amount of your award. You may work under another campus employment position but not under federal work-study and LAEP.
What can be possible reasons for the termination of a LAEP job?
Your employer may find it necessary to discharge you before the end of the employment period. Examples of reasons for separation: 1) Your LAEP award has been depleted, 2) Your LAEP award was canceled because you:
- Did not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Withdrawn from school
- Received additional aid
- Taken an approved leave of absence
- Dismissed from school
What if I drop below half-time enrollment (6 units for Undergraduate Students)?
If you drop below half-time enrollment, you must notify your immediate manager as soon as possible. You are no longer eligible to continue working as a LAEP student employee and the department must terminate your employment immediately. Please notify your employer and the Financial Aid Office so they can take the necessary action based on your situation.
Why do I need to sign a contract when I get hired?
Contracts are used to authorize your participation in the program, and it indicates the amount of your LAEP award eligibility. You also certify that this position relates to your area of study and/or your career objectives. Your LAEP employer must complete this form and sign it with you before you can start earning LAEP funds.
Is LAEP available during the summer?
This depends on your enrollment prospects. Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for counseling.