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Community Federal Work Study

The community-based federal work study program is designed to provide students employment opportunities at local non-profits, schools, and other organizations using federal work study funds. Students may provide a direct service or contribute to services that enhance the quality of life or address problems related to residents’ needs.

Goals of this program include:

  • Develop interest in public service through employment with local non-profit, government, and community-based organizations;
  • Apply skills or theories gained through coursework to solve problems or explore issues outside the classroom; 
  • Enhance career competencies, such as critical thinking, work ethic, teamwork, communication, and leadership; 
  • Articulate how experiences will inform personal, academic, and professional pursuits

How to Apply

  1. Review the list of available job openings
  2. Complete the Community Federal Work Study Interest Form
  3. Submit your Interest Form and Resume in person in the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success (Coates Student Center, suite 215)


Q: How do I know if I'm eligible for community-based federal work study positions?

A: Any student who receives federal work study funds through their financial aid award package is eligible to apply for community-based federal work study positions.

Q: Is the community-based federal work study program on campus or off campus?

A: Positions in the community-based federal work study program, coordinated by CELCS, are off campus and at locations such as local non-profits and schools. Students must visit the Human Resources website for on-campus student employment opportunities. 

Q: What if I don't have reliable transportation?

A: Students are responsible for finding their own transportation to their place of work. If students do not have transportation they might consider employment opportunities on campus. 

Q: What happens after I submit the interest form and my resume?

A: CELCS staff will review your interest form and resume and then forward to the hiring agency. A representative from the hiring agency will contact you if they're still interviewing candidates for the work study position.

Q: What is the pay rate?

A: Students in the community-based federal work study program earn $10.00 per hour. 

Q: How long can I work with a local organization if I'm offered a job?

A: Students are able to work with the same organization for a full academic year (fall and spring) with the option to renew for a second year.