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The Community Service Federal Work Study Program encourages students who get work study funds to work for the community. Community services are provided through jobs with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations and are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs.

While most community service jobs are located off-campus, some jobs are located on-campus. Community service jobs are in fields such as health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial services), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, and community improvement, support services to students with disabilities, and activities in which students serve as mentors for such purposes as tutoring, supporting educational and recreational activities, and counseling, including career counseling.

What are the benefits of taking a Community Service position?
  • You can help improve the quality of life for members of your community.
  • You can earn your Federal Work Study funds.
  • You will get paid at the same rate as or higher than conventional work study jobs.
  • You will gain solid work experience in areas such as public service, psychology, education, administration, etc.
  • You will acquire professional contacts in your community and school as well as networking opportunities.
  • You will receive priority consideration for work study extensions whenever funds are available.
  • You can make a difference!