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Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) offers eligible students at public colleges and universities the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment. LAEP allows a participating student placement in an educationally beneficial position that relates to the student’s area of study, career objective, or the exploration of career objectives. The program includes and emphasizes positions for students with employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation, or opportunities to connect with other employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation, within their areas of study.

LAEP was established in the 2021-22 California State Budget and is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC); this program will end by 2030-2031.

CSAC webpage for additional program resources


For Students

Student Eligibility for LAEP

In order to be eligible for LAEP, you must be:

  • An undergraduate student or a teaching credential student, and
  • Enrolled at least half-time, and
  • Classified as a CA resident, and
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and
  • Eligible to work in the United States, and
  • Demonstrating financial need, as determined by Financial Aid and Scholarships, and
  • From an underrepresented background

The Job Placement Center will host information sessions for students. Please register below via the following google form ***TBD


For Employers

Interested employers are asked to click submit button below and complete the interest form. Once we receive your submission we will contact you to further coordinate the details. We look forward to building a relationship with your organization and are excited about the possibility of placing our students to meet your workforce needs.

Employer LAEP Interest Form

LAEP Flyer for Private For-Profit Employers

LAEP Flyer for Private Nonprofit Employers

Student Eligibility for LAEP

Eligible students are from an underrepresented background and meet all the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time
  • California resident classification
  • Satisfactory academic progress in a program leading to a degree or certificate
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by Financial Aid
  • Underrepresented background such as low-income, first-generation college students, current or former foster youth, homeless
  • Eligibility to work in the United States

LAEP Student Information Session

Spring 2023

Date Location
Wednesday, TBD, (2pm - 5pm) TBD
Thursday, TBD, (10am-1pm) TBD
Wednesday, TBD, (9am-12pm) TBD
Thursday, TBD, (1pm-4pm) TBD
Wednesday, TBD, (2pm-5pm) TBD
Tuesday, TBD, (9am-12pm) TBD