Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Reader/Committee Chair

Burks, Sidney


The usage status of The U.S. Department Veterans Affairs Work-Study Program is examined. Beneficiary numbers from the Global, Unites States, State, and Local/County perspective are reviewed. While of essential value, the program suffers from a lack of scholarly research and government oversight, and is further hindered by restrictive administrative rules lived first-hand. Research suggests that the program is operating outside of accountability to the taxpayer, presents as unnecessarily/overly-restrictive in accessibility, and is underutilized. The program appears to not be serving all veterans to full potential.

The Work-Study Program is codified in Veterans Benefits', Title 38 United States Code, Part III, Chapter 34, Subchapter IV, § 3485, and Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief, 38 Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, § 21.4145.

Keywords: veterans, education, work-study, access restrictions, legislation

Author Note

Preponderance of contacted Federal, State, and Local/County agencies did not respond to Freedom of Information and/or Research Assistance Requests. Peculiarly, the Office of the Director, VA Work-Study Program, Muskogee, Oklahoma, failed to respond to repeated contact attempts.