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.
Participating public postsecondary institutions must sign an
institutional agreement with the Commission before June 30, 2022,
with the expectation that the program is implemented in the
2022-23 academic year.
Learning-Aligned Employment Program Agreement
Eligible institutions please submit signed LAEPA via email to
Upcoming LAEP Webinars
These identical webinars will provide a brief overview of the
program, including student and employer eligibility requirements.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Register for this webinar
Monday, June 6, 2022, 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
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What is LAEP?
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 Flyer for Institutions
LAEP General Overview
Eligible students are from an underrepresented background and
meet all the following criteria:
At least half-time
Satisfactory academic progress in
a program leading to a degree or certificate
Eligibility to work in the United
Priority will be given to eligible students who are
first-generation college students, current/former foster youth,
homeless, or at risk of being homeless. Further priority will be
given to eligible students majoring in a science, technology,
engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline.
Which employers are eligible?
The following entities may employ students:
Nonprofit and for-profit
employers – Nonsectarian, nonpolitical organizations
capable of providing full-time employment after graduation or
connection to another employer able to provide full-time
employment after graduation.
– Research centers and institutions operated by public
postsecondary educational institutions, if their
learning-aligned employment opportunities provide participating
students with direct opportunities to participate in the
research that is undertaken by the respective research centers
Public schools -
Public schools operated by school districts, county
superintendents of schools, the Department of the Youth
Authority, or the Department of Education.
LAEP Flyer for Private For-Profit Employers
LAEP Flyer for Private Nonprofit Employers
LAEP Roundtable Convening – March 21, 2022
In partnership with the California Student Aid Commission, the
California Postsecondary Funder Collaborative and Education First hosted a
virtual roundtable convening in support of the Learning Aligned
Employment Program on March 21, 2022. This roundtable engaged
diverse stakeholders across multiple sectors, including campus
leaders, students, employers, work-based learning program leaders
and philanthropic partners.
LAEP Convening Debrief
For more information, please contact:
California Student Aid Commission
Learning-Aligned Employment Program