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Community Service Work Study

What Is Community Service Work Study?

The Community Service Work Study (CSWS) program was birthed out of the Federal Work Study Program established through the Higher Education Act of 1965. Federal Work Study (FWS) enables college and university students in financial need to receive government aid in the form of a grant for work performed in a job. FWS also allows colleges and universities to employ work study students as an extra employee at a fraction of the cost. Students in return have the opportunity to earn their work study allotment. 

The Community Service Work Study program creates a mutually beneficial partnership between the University and qualifying non‐profit organizations and community partners by placing eligible students in community positions as work study students. The University pays 100% of students’ wages through Federal Work Study funds on a bi‐monthly basis. Community partners are responsible for the hiring and supervision of the student in addition to monitoring necessary paperwork, and potentially providing an evaluation(s) of the CSWS program.

Both students and community partners submit applications to participate in this program. For more information, see Information for Students or Information for Community Partners.

Read about Anita Oman's experience with CSWS!

Read about Summer Grady's experience working for OMSI through CSWS!

Read about our Program Manager for Community Partnerships, Tshombé Brown!