Work-Study

The work-study program provides support for students to study at RYI even if they are not eligible for a merit-based scholarship. This program is an opportunity to connect with the RYI community through practical service while, at the same time, offset tuition costs. Work-study awards are available in both fall and spring semesters, but an award is not automatically granted. Students must reapply for work-study positions every semester. Work-study is not available for summer program students.

Students enrolled in twelve credits may be awarded fifty-six hours of work and be compensated with US$420 toward their tuition. Students enrolled in fifteen credits may be awarded seventy hours of work and be compensated US$525 toward their tuition.

Work-study should be considered a privilege, not a right. As such, students are expected to maintain their working hours even during exam periods. For this reason, students who consider applying for work-study are strongly advised to review their study needs and other responsibilities before submitting an application. Work-study students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average and 80% attendance in all of their classes; students may not use work-study responsibilities to justify a failure to attend class.

Eligibility: who can apply?

In order to apply for a work-study award, a student must:

  • Be an international student or a student from the SAARC region who is enrolled in any program at RYI.
  • Be enrolled in, and attending, classes earning at least twelve credits during the semester in which he or she applies. (Note: failing a class during the semester of application will make the student ineligible for a work-study position.)
  • Be enrolled in, and attending, classes that earn at least twelve credits in the semester for which a work-study award has been granted.
  • Be a student in good standing, for example, having no outstanding debts.

To apply for work-study, please complete and submit the online application form found here.

Timing and Award Decisions

Applications from eligible students are open from April 1 through April 30 for fall semester work-study positions, and November 1 through November 30 for spring semester work-study positions.

A student's financial need, articulated on the application form, is one of the primary considerations when allocating work-study positions. Also of great import is the availability of a job, and whether or not the applicant possesses the appropriate skill set to be successful in that job. RYI's financial aid committee will assess each of these considerations thoughtfully.

Successful applicants are notified by July 1 for fall, and December 31 for spring.

In addition to their assigned work-study job, successful applicants are also expected to help with special events, for example, setting up for and cleaning up after Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche's Saturday teachings as well as occasionally posting fliers for RYI programs in and around Kathmandu.