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.
Recorded webinar: LAEP Overview and Data Reporting, April 18,
This webinar will provide an overview of LAEP, including data
reporting requirements for 2022-23, and a WebGrants tutorial.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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 Handbook for Institutions
LAEP Trifold Brochure for Institutions
LAEP Program Overview
LAEP WebGrants Reporting Overview
List of Participating Institutions
Learning-Aligned Employment Program Agreement (LAEPA)
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.
Employer Agreement Resources
These templates are provided as a starting point for institutions
to create the Employer Agreement and related procedures for the
Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP). These documents are
provided to facilitate compliance with the requirements in
California Education Code Sections 69950-69969. Participating
institutions and employers are encouraged to customize the
employer agreement resources to meet their needs in compliance
with the statutory requirements.
LAEP Employer Application Template - To be completed by
the employer prior to the institution signing the Employer
Agreement. The Employer Application Template is provided as a
starting point for institutions to create an optional Employer
Application for LAEP.
LAEP Employer Agreement Template - An Employer
Agreement between the institution and employer is required for
all LAEP positions in which the employer is not the
institution. The Institution and Employer must execute
an Employer Agreement prior to the employer considering students
for employment. The Employer Agreement Template is provided as a
starting point for institutions to create the Employer Agreement
for LAEP. Each participating institution should work with
their financial aid office, career center, legal counsel, and
other applicable parties to create a customized LAEP Employer
Agreement for the institution.
Addendum: LAEP Student Participation – An addendum with
the requirements for each student (e.g. max hours and
Employer Agreement Resources Packet – All three
documents in one file
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
For more information, please contact:
California Student Aid Commission
Learning-Aligned Employment Program