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Pepperdine Work Program (PWP)

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The Pepperdine Work Program (PWP) is an institutional work program generally offered to students who demonstrate financial need.  Award amounts and eligibility are determined by the office of Financial Assistance. Students awarded PWP may work on-campus only. 

To find out if you are eligible to participate in the Pepperdine Work Program at Pepperdine, please visit the Office of Financial Assistance in Thornton Administration Center on the second floor or call (310) 506-4301. You can also visit the Office of Financial Assistance website for more information.

How does PWP awards work?

Through the Federal Work-study program the student may earn up to the amount of his/her award by working for an on-campus PWP job or an approved off-campus community service partner. Wages are paid in full through a Pepperdine grant.  Current pay rates vary, starting at minimum wage.  Wages are paid bi-weekly following the University's payroll schedule.

IMPORTANT: students with PWP awards are not guaranteed employment on-campus. Every student is given the same, equal opportunity to apply for jobs they are eligible for, regardless of their financial awards.


Can a student earn more than the maximum amount that is awarded to them?

Students cannot exceed the maximum PWP that was given to them.  However,some departments will retain students with departmental pay based on workload and availability of funds.  We encourage students to find other available jobs to earn more money, such as an off-campus job or an on-campus job that pays departmentally. There are also on-campus positions that are not paid by Pepperdine, such as a job with Sodexo Dining Services , eFollett Pepperdine Book Store, and/or the Pepperdine Call Center.

Can a student work more than one job on-campus?

Yes, students can work more than one position on-campus.  IMPORTANT: students cannot work more than 20 hours per week during the school year and no more than 29 hours per week when classes are not in session.  For example, during the school year a student can work 5 hours a week in the Payson Library, 10 hours a week with Athletics Office, and 5 hours a week in the Weisman Museum (which is a total of 20 hours a week.)

What kind of jobs can I get if I have PWP?

You can find on-campus job opportunities at Pepperdine such as working in the libraries, an academic department, athletics, public safety, Center for the Arts, etc.  Please visit the Handshake Job Postings website to see what jobs are available through the Pepperdine Work Program.  Visit the How to Find Jobs On-Campus page for more details.