For Work Study Students

At WPI, work-study provides students with the opportunity to earn money while gaining useful skills and important experience. And as part of the Community Service Work-Study program, students are helping out—both on and off campus—by completing worthwhile community service.

Community Service Work-Study vs. Federal 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 valuable work experience. Beginning in the 2000-2001 award year, colleges and universities receiving FWS funds were required to use at least seven percent 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 seven percent, we are asking all students to complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service throughout the academic year (A-D Term).

While all students who qualify and accept their Federal Work-Study must complete the minimum 15 hours of service, students can also choose to fulfill their entire work-study award through community service by enrolling in the Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) program. Students who enroll in the CSWS program automatically meet the 15-hour community service requirement.

CSWS Benefits

If you ask us, the CSWS program is a great opportunity: You’ll earn $10 per hour while working in service positions in the local community during the academic year.

You’ll gain so much by performing community service, including valuable, hands-on experience—experience that you cannot learn in a classroom. For many students, this is their first job, and it helps them explore their talents and define their career goals.

View the university’s pre-approved weekly positions to find a job that fits your interests. If you want to work at an organization that is not listed, please contact us at community-service@wpi.edu. We will determine if the organization is eligible for this federal program. If you schedule allows, you can even work at two different organizations.

If you schedule allows, you can even work at two different organizations.

How Do I Start?

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Traditional Work-Study Path Community Service Work-Study Path

Here are the steps to earning your entire work-study award through the Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) program where you will earn $10 per hour and will have met your community service commitment for the year.

  1. Accept your Federal Work-Study award
  2. Find a Federal Work-Study position on campus for which you’ll earn $9 per hour
  3. Complete payroll authorization forms with the Office of Human Resources and Payroll, as listed on the Employment Guide for Students (.pdf, 160kb) 
  4. Complete a timesheet in Banner biweekly 
  5. Complete the required 15 hours of Community Service before D-Term ends. Look for volunteer opportunities during the year. You must complete a CSWS Approval Form before you start an activity in order for it to count toward your service hours. Once completed, document your service using the Community Service Report Form

Here are the steps to earning your entire work-study award through the Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) program where you will earn $10 per hour and will have met your community service commitment for the year.

  1. Accept your Federal Work-Study award
  2. Find a community service weekly position that fits your interests. The positions listed are pre-approved for the CSWS program. When you are ready to apply for a position, contact the organization that interests you. Please contact us at community-service@wpi.edu if you need assistance or would like help preparing for your interview.
  3. After an organization has offered you a position, complete the payroll authorization forms with the Office of Human Resources and Payroll, as listed on the Employment Guide for Students (.pdf, 160kb) 
  4. Complete the CSWS Expectations and CSWS Information forms, which must be returned to the Community Service Office
  5. Complete timesheet in Banner biweekly 
  6. Attend CSWS Reflection Meetings, held each term, to which you will be invited
  7. Enjoy your service position!
What Type of Work-Study Position Do You Want? A traditional work-study position on campus earning $9 per hour, plus you will need to fulfill your 15 hours of required community service. A Community Service Work-Study position, earning $10 per hour while providing community service, earning your entire work-study award.