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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

Campus Partners

Cornell Unit/Department Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the Community Work-Study Program (CWSP), in which Federal Work Study (FWS) pays for 75% of a student’s wages and the department pays 25%, Cornell departments must submit a FWS Job Description that will then need to be reviewed. And before the student can be paid, CWSP will require access in WorkDay to the supervisor's student JM Org.

How is “community service” defined?

  1. The student’s work must be designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to those residents’ needs. The student does not have to provide a “direct” service.
  2. A university or college is not considered a community for the purposes of the FWS community-service requirements. On-campus jobs can meet the definition of community services, provided the work is designed to improve the quality of life for off-campus community residents, or to solve problems related to their needs.
  3. Work done must benefit communities within the United States.
  4. Fields can be related to health, literacy training, education, welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, rural development, and community improvement.

Student Eligibility

The student must

  • have an I9 form on file, which proves eligibility to work in the United States,
  • be federal-work-study eligible (confirm in WorkDay), and
  • be registered as full-time with no university holds.

It is important to confirm that the student is federal work-study eligible.  The Financial Aid Office can award students what is known as “Employee Earnings Expectation” (EEE), but this is not the same as federal work study. An EEE will not subsidize wages.

For more information about student eligibility in FWS, read FWS Eligibility.