Federal Work Study/Community Service

The CWS Federal Work-Study/Service Program allows students receiving Federal Work-Study funds to work at a local nonprofit organization.

This program allows students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while earning their work study funds. Work study positions are available in areas such as health care, education, literacy, math tutors, social services, legal services, environmental issues, and housing.

How to get started:

  • Verify at the Student Employment Office (436 Green Hall) that you receive Federal Work Study and complete the I-9, Direct Deposit, and W-4 Forms. You only need to complete this paperwork once during your time at Wellesley College.  If you are unsure of your eligibility for Federal Work Study, contact Student Employment at stuemp@wellesley.edu.
  • Students who would like to volunteer at a CWS or Wellesley College affiliated volunteer program (listed below) must complete the google form for affiliated groups. Volunteers need to have a contact person from your nonprofit host organization or a student coordinator send an email to Katie Koski (kkoski@wellesley.edu) confirming participation in the program.
  • If you are working at an organization you have identified on your own please schedule an appointment with Katie Koski and bring her the completed the Federal Work Study/Community Service application to be considered for the program.
  • Once you are approved for Federal Work-Study/Service program you will receive notification via email stating that you have been approved. It may take 1-2 weeks before the position appears on your payroll in Banner. Any hours worked until this time can be added as retroactive time once you have access to submit your hours.
  • Please note that student payroll must be submitted online. Wellesley College students can get more information about logging in to your timesheet by going to this site, but only submit your timesheet at the end of each two week pay period and before the pay period's deadline.  Click here to view the student payroll calendar and submission dates.

CWS and Wellesley College Affiliated Programs:

  • Bridging the Gap, Boston, MA
  • Campus Girl Scouts, Wellesley, MA
  • Chinatown After School Program, Boston, MA
  • Let’s Get Ready!, Framingham, MA
  • METCO Tutoring Program, Wellesley, MA
  • Mission Hill Afterschool Program, Roxbury, MA
  • REACH, Cambridge, MA
  • Science Club for Girls, Boston, MA
  • Stronger Communities, Stronger Schools, Boston, MA

Salary: Student participants are paid by contributions from the Federal Work-Study Program (75%) and the nonprofit host organization (25%). All Federal Work-Study/ Service Program placements are paid at $9.00 per hour and students average 10-12 hours of work per week.

The placement organization will receive a bill from Wellesley College at the end of each semester based on the hours submitted by the student on her timecards. Organizations can anticipate a one-year contribution cost to range from $680 to $816. If the organization is unable to pay the 25% due to financial restrictions, or if they are a public school or nonprofit educational program, they may be exempt from paying the 25%.


Application for Federal Work-Study is now closed for academic year 2013-14.




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Colleen Calcagni
Administrative Assistant

Katie Koski
Program Director, Service

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