Community Service Work Study

Community Service Work Study vs. Federal Work Study

 All students who qualify and accept their Federal Work Study must complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service over the course of the academic year (A- D Term). However, students can also choose to fulfill their entire work study award through community service by enrolling in the CSWS program. Students who enroll in the CSWS program waive their 15 hour requirement.

About the Community Service Work Study Program

The CSWS program is a great opportunity for students looking to fulfill their entire work study allocation through community service work. The following positions are available for students to earn $10 an hour while volunteering in the community during the academic year. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE A FEDERAL WORK STUDY AWARD. 

Q: Why do you need to perform community service if you have work study?

The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) provides eligible undergraduate students with part-time employment to help meet their financial needs while giving them work experience. Beginning in the 2000-2001 award year, colleges and universities receiving FWS funds were required to use at least 7% of their total annual FWS allocation to pay the wages of FWS students in community service placements. In other words, the government thinks that community service is important—and so does WPI! To meet this 7%, we are asking all students to complete a minimum of fifteen hours of service throughout the year.

 

First Step:

As a Federal Work Study/Community Service recipient, you first need to decide what type of community service position you wish to work in during the academic year. You have two options:

1) You can earn your entire FWS/CS award by working in a community service position during the academic year that has been pre-approved through the WPI Student Activities Office. You can view these positions online by clicking here. 

2) You can work the required 15 hours of community service during the academic year (terms A-D) that is required of you as a FWS/CS recipient. There are many opportunities available to you in order to meet this 15 hour requirement. Some suggestions to meet this requirement are listed for you below:

a) Work at a pre-approved community service agency. Please contact the WPI Community Service Center about these positions.

b) Work at a pre-approved community service event. Please contact the WPI Community Service Center about these events.

c) Perform community service work or philanthropic projects through your WPI club, organization, sports team, or fraternity/sorority. Pre-approval of any work performed through these organizations is required first through the WPI Office of Financial Aid by completing the pre-approval form located on the Financial Aid website two weeks before the service is started.

d) Perform community service work or philanthropic projects at home during breaks or weekends (i.e. volunteering at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, tutoring at a middle/high school, or volunteer coaching youth sports teams. Pre-approval of any work performed through these organizations is required first through the WPI Office of Financial Aid, through completing the pre-approval form located on the Financial Aid website two weeks before the service is started.

 

** If you would like to be added to a community service e-mail list, which provides weekly updates on all community service events, please e-mail community-service@wpi.edu or stop by the Community Service Center, 3rd Floor Campus Center. **

 

Second Step:

If you choose option #1 above, your hours worked and time card processing will be handled through the WPI Student Activities Office. You will earn $10/hour for your community service work and will be paid every two weeks by direct deposit.

If you choose option #2 above in a pre-approved community service agency or event, your hours worked and time card processing will be handled through the Office of Financial Aid. You will earn $10/hour for your community service work and will be paid every two weeks by direct deposit.

 

Questions? Please contact:

Anna Croop
Graduate Assistant for Community Service
community-service@wpi.edu
508-831-4915