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Cornell University

David M. Einhorn Center for
Community Engagement

An integration of the Public Service Center and
the Office of Engagement Initiatives

About CWSP

The Community Work-Study Program (CWSP), sponsored by the Einhorn Center, enables Cornell Federal Work-Study (FWS) students to work for nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities mainly in Ithaca and Tompkins County but also anywhere in the U.S.

Our Funding: How It Works

The US Department of Education allows students to use federal work study funds for off campus community service employment. Each fiscal year Federal Work Study regulations require that Cornell use at least 7% of its FWS allocation to employ students in community service eligible positions. At least 75% of CWSP student wages for community-service positions are covered by the federal government. This gives CWSP the opportunity for students to have unique work experiences that may not have been available without the funding allowance. The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment determines student eligibility for Federal Work Study, and CWSP determines student and employer eligibility for CWSP funding.