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Benefits for student employees

At the University of Washington there are a variety of employment opportunities open to students where you can expand your education and gain experience in a variety of fields while also getting compensated. Check out the benefits available to you as a student employee at the UW.

Benefits for student employees

16 libraries, two art galleries, one museum, one performing arts center and a 230-acre botanic garden open to UW employees

The Whole U

The Whole U is a wellness program by the UW, for the UW and gives you access to:

  • Discounts to a network of gyms, fitness studios, trainers and nutritionists
  • Hundreds of drop-in sessions offered in-person and on Zoom to recharge during your workday
  • UW experts offer wellness guidance through newsletters, lunch and learns and seminars
  • Discounts to UW Athletic events, local gyms, fitness studios and more

Check out The Whole U

Six employee affinity groups

Open to all UW employees where you can connect with and build community.

  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Faculty and Staff Association
  • Black Faculty and Staff Association
  • Q Faculty, Staff and Allies Association
  • Latinx Faculty and Staff Association
  • Native Faculty and Staff Association
  • UW Disability Staff and Faculty Association

Paid time away from work

Accrual of sick time off:

  • For student hourly employees and hourly academic student employees:
    • One hour for every 40 hours worked
  • For salaried academic student employees:
    • Seven days of paid sick time off per year

Work and life supports

  • Hybrid work supports (position specific)
  • May meet eligibility for the WA Paid Family & Medical Leave program
  • Six on-site child care centers
  • Three discounted child care access programs offering in-home and in-center care
  • Active parenting listserv
  • Expert speakers and panels on parenting and caregiving

Financial wellbeing

  • A fully subsidized transit pass (U-PASS) for academic student employees
  • Home loan discounts, down payment assistance and home buyer education
  • Over 300 employee discounts

Career growth

Communities of practice in a variety of fields for skill building and mentorship

Health insurance

Academic student employees (ASEs) may gain eligibility to receive health insurance through the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP). GAIP covers medical, vision, and dental care for teaching assistants, research assistants, tutors, predoctoral researchers, and other ASEs working across the University. Learn more about GAIP