Learning-Aligned Employment Program

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) is an initiative to increase the number of students that find quality, paid internships in their field of study. Through a partnership with the California Student Aid Commission, employers can hire LAEP-eligible students and be reimbursed for up to 100% of the student's wage. Students may view and apply for these positions in College Central Network; this program will end by 2030-2031.

    Benefits of LAEP

    The Learning-Aligned Employment Program:

    • Provides financial compensation while gaining work experience in your field of study
    • Builds your resume
    • Expands your professional network and connections
    • Refines your career goals

    Impact on Financial Aid

    LAEP is a form of financial aid and is included in your total financial aid package. LAEP wages may not exceed your unmet need for the academic year.

    Unlike other types of financial aid, LAEP earnings are not applied directly to your tuition and fees. Students who participate in LAEP internships receive the funds in a paycheck as they earn them, based on hours worked, just like a normal job.

    Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions.

    Student Eligibility for LAEP

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

    • Completed at least 6 units of the program of study or previous work experience in the field 
    • Apply only at Home Campus (*check your student portal to verify your home campus) 
    • Half-time enrollment (six units for spring or fall; three units for summer)
    • Be classified as a CA Resident  
    • Demonstrated maintenance of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) 
    • Have demonstrated an unmet financial need
    • Be eligible to work in the US
    • From an underrepresented background
    • Prior participation in the federal work-study program is preferred but not required.

    You will be considered from an underrepresented background if you are at least one of the following:

    • First-generation college student
    • Current or former foster youth
    • Student experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless
    • A student with an Expected Family Contribution in the Pell Grant-eligible range (either FAFSA or CADAA)
    • Student with a disability
    • Displaced worker
    • Student with dependent children
    • Formerly incarcerated student
    • Undocumented students / students meeting the requirements of AB540 (eligible to work in the US)
    • Student who is a veteran

    How to Check Eligibility

    Students who are eligible to participate in LAEP will be sent an email; If you are unsure of your eligibility, then check your student email or contact us at wlac-laep@laccd.edu.

    Next Steps for Interested Students

    1. Submit the Student Interest Form if you're interested in obtaining a paid internship through LAEP.
    2. Apply for LAEP internships in College Central Network.
    3. If you are selected for an LAEP internship, then you will be required to complete an LAEP Student Participation Agreement, which will be emailed to you.

    Office Hours

    Mondays to Thursdays: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    In-Person Walk-In Hours for Quick Assistance:
    Mondays to Thursdays: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Live Chat
    Mondays to Thursdays: 9:00 AM - 2:00P M
    Fridays: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Saturdays and Sundays

    Location and Contact

    HLRC 112 (Map)

    Email: WLAC-LAEP@laccd.edu
    Phone: (310) 287-4562

    Andrea Rodriguez-Blanco, LAEP Coordinator

    Mary Rivera, Career Advisor