LAEP Information for On-Campus Employers

(This video is the official training companion for the Learning Aligned Employment Program)


Hire students to support research conducted in your department with LAEP!

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) is a state funded work-study program that offers eligible students the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs, while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment.


How does LAEP benefit the Hiring Department?

Similar to the Work-Study Program, LAEP will provide a subsidy to pay a portion of the student’s wages. LAEP will subsidize 100% of the students wages to departments who offer eligible LAEP jobs to students. To help support the administration of the program, a 7% surcharge/administrative fee will be assessed to the participating department for a net cost of 7% to the hiring department.


How does LAEP benefit the Student?

Similar to the Work-Study Program, LAEP was designed to enhance the affordability of higher education by providing students part-time opportunities to earn their financial aid, rather than borrowing student loans. LAEP promotes equity in work-based learning opportunities to underrepresented undergraduate students to align their education with workforce needs. 

Breakdown of the LAEP Subsidy and Department Costs

100% LAEP Subsidy

7% Administrative Surcharge

The Department’s Net Cost is 7%


Employer Eligibility

Departments within the UC Berkeley campus are eligible if their learning-aligned employment opportunities provide eligible  students with direct opportunities to participate in the research that is undertaken by their respective hiring department, research center, or research institute.

Research should be a significant component of any LAEP position. Research is not limited to scientific research and can take place outside of an academic discipline. The research should be directed and supervised by a faculty, staff or other mentor who will determine the research requirements.


Student Eligibility

Underrepresented, undergraduate students meeting all of the following criteria are eligible to participate in LAEP:

  • California residents
  • Enrolled in 6 or more units
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Filed a FAFSA or CADAA and have work-study eligibility
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Eligible to work in the U.S., including current DACA holders

Employer Portal to the Work-Study Management System (WSMS)