Learning-Aligned Employment Program
Overview For Institutions


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 Agreement

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 (LAEPA)

Eligible institutions please submit signed LAEPA via email to laep@csac.ca.gov.

Upcoming LAEP Webinars

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the program, including student and employer eligibility requirements.

Live webinar: Friday, August 5, 2022: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration link coming soon!

Recorded webinar: Learning-Aligned Employment Program Overview, June 6, 2022


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 Flyer for Institutions

LAEP General Overview - Summer 2022


List of Participating Institutions

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

  • At least half-time enrollment 
  • California resident classification
  • Satisfactory academic progress in a program leading to a degree or certificate
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Eligibility to work in the United States

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. 
  • Public colleges – 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 and institutions. 
  • 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