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Student Work and Services Program for Student Parents

2015 Winter Semester Deadline:  January 13, 2015

The Student Work and Service Program (SWASP), funded by the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, was designed to reduce the debt load of student parents, and to offer a valuable work opportunity where learned skills could be put to use and new ones strengthened.

What SWASP offers participants?

  1. A valuable work experience, applicable to their program of study and career objectives
  2. A tuition credit
  3. An opportunity to network; and to strengthen and develop skills
  4. Personal and professional development through workshops offered on résumé, cover letter writing; interview tips; job search/networking; and more!


Who is eligible?

Fall Semester: Funding is available to student parents enrolled at Memorial University.

Winter Semester: Funding is available to student parents enrolled at Memorial. (Should additional funding become available, this program will be available to non-parent students.)

Spring Semester: Funding is available to both student parents and non-student parents (i.e. ALL Memorial students are eligible!).

Student parents are eligible to apply for all options.


How can I apply?
Applications for the SWASP program are available at the Centre for Career Development (UC-4002) and on our website. All sections of the application must be completed. Incorrect or missing information could impact the selection process.

When are applications due?
During the Winter 2015 semester, the deadline date has been set for January 13.

What positions are available?
The onus is on the student to find a sponsor who will provide a career-related SWASP placement. Positions are restricted to employment within Memorial University. The SWASP Co-ordinator can provide assistance to students in seeking out and securing a placement.

When can I start work?

Please note that securing a sponsor does not automatically mean that your placement will be approved. Therefore, students should not start working hours in a placement until they receive confirmation from Career Development and Experiential Learning that their placement has been approved.

How does payment work?
Students will receive a tuition credit and possible cash stipend, depending on which program they select. The tuition credit cannot be transferred into a cash benefit or used at a post-secondary institution other than Memorial. The tuition voucher will pay for tuition only. Vouchers cannot be used to pay off outstanding debt. They have to be applied to future semesters. After the account has been credited, the tuition credit will be held for the student in his/her tuition account by the Cashier's Office for a period of up to two years. Any unused credit after this period will be returned to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Program Options:

Option A: 260 hours (full-time hours, only part-time students can apply);
$1400 tuition voucher, $1200 cash stipend
Non-student parents can apply for this option only.

Option B: 100 hours (part-time hours, part-time and full-time students can apply);
$1200 tuition voucher OR $750 tuition voucher, $450 cash stipend.

Option C: 520 hours (full-time hours, only part-time students can apply),
$2800 tuition voucher, $ 2400 cash stipend.
(Note: participation in this option is limited and must be discussed with the coordinator.)

Students cannot be registered as a full-time student and work a full-time SWASP. Students can be a full-time student and work a part-time SWASP or
be a part-time student and work a full-time SWASP.


How do I get my Stipend?
Your stipend will be prorated over the number of weeks of your placement and will be forwarded to the general office where you are completing your placement. This is not a payroll, so your supervisor does not need to submit hours to Human Resources, it is a stipend and it comes from the SWASP grant. The SWAP coordinator will take care of payment.


I just completed a SWASP - How/where/when do I get my voucher??Tuition Vouchers are held in a "special operating account" within Financial Services. They are not deposited in your personal account. When you next register, your student number "triggers" this account and your voucher is automatically transferred to pay your tuition. If you owe more than your voucher covers, be sure to pay the difference to avoid a late charge. Please note that the tranfer usually does not occur until the last day to drop courses.

Important Message regarding Vouchers:

Vouchers cannot be used to pay an existing debt. They are to be used to pay for future tuition costs.


What is the experiential learning component?
In August 2001, a review was conducted on experiential opportunities at Memorial including SWASP. One of the key recommendations suggested "developing a meaningful set of goals for each work-service program that encompasses student transition to work and employability skill development" (Sharpe, Dwyer, & Pidgeon, 2001, P.199). The report also stipulated that while on-the-job work experience was beneficial, students need to reflect on their SWASP experience in order to internalize the information and then be able to apply it to future employment situations. Therefore, as Memorial moves toward a Living, Learning campus, Career Development and Experiential Learning has enhanced SWASP by incorporating an experiential learning component to the program.

The procedure for the SWASP experiential learning requirement is as follows:

1. Complete sections 1 & 4 of the Learning and Reflection Agreement by the end of the first week of the placement and keep this on file for submittal at the end of the semester.

2. Complete sections 2, 3, & 4 of the Learning and Reflection Agreement by the last day of class in the current semester and return to Centre for Career Development, UC-4002.

Contact us:
For further information, please contact the SWASP Co-ordinator, at (709) 864-3445, or visit the Centre for Career Development, UC-4002.