Off-Campus Federal Work Study for Students

How do I know if I am eligible for Off-Campus Federal Work Study positions?

You can check your FWS eligibility on FLASHline

  • Log on to FLASHline and select Student from the main menu.
  • Under Finances, click on Financial Aid.
  • Click on Financial Aid Awards, select the current aid year from the drop down and Submit.
  • Click on the Award Overview tab.

What organizations offer Off-Campus Federal Work Study positions?

Kent State has relationships with several non-profit organizations in the surrounding area that employ FWS-eligible students. Current partners include: Akron Public Schools/Project Grad, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Hartville Thrift Shoppe, Hattie Larlham, Davey Elementary School, King Kennedy Community Center, the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), and Skeels-Mathews Community Center.

What is America Reads / America Counts tutoring, and is this program a part of the Off-Campus Federal Work Study Program?

The America Reads / America Counts tutoring program is a part of Off-Campus Federal Work Study and aims to enhance the primary-level reading and math skills of children in the Kent/Ravenna area while offering Kent State students a chance to gain valuable experience and engage with their community. America Reads / America Counts tutors are compensated through FWS funds and training from their site. 

America Reads / America Counts sites include: 

  • Davey Elementary School (Kent)
  • King Kennedy Community Center (Ravenna)
  • Skeels-Mathews Community Center (Ravenna)

These tutoring positions, when available, can be found on Handshake under “Tutor – America Reads/America Counts.”

What is the difference in the hiring process between the regular Off-Campus Federal Work Study program and America Reads / America Counts tutoring?

In the regular Off-Campus Federal Work Study program, your application is reviewed by the organization hosting the opportunity. If you are eligible for a FWS position and meet the qualifications, the hiring organization will contact you to schedule an interview. If hired, you will be considered to be an employee of that organization. 

In the American Reads / America Counts tutoring program, a Community Engaged Learning staff member will review your application. If you are eligible for a FWS position and meet the qualifications, Community Engaged Learning will contact you to schedule an initial interview. If you advance in the process following this conversation, you will be responsible for contacting your respective site(s) to schedule a second interview with the site supervisor. Should they make an offer, you will work with the Community Engaged Learning office to complete hiring paperwork before working your first shift.

Can I work as many hours as I wish?

No. Your earning cannot total more than your overall FWS award. 

Can I have more than one work study position?

As long as you do not exceed 20 hours a week combined between all positions, you can have more than one work study job. If you are working multiple jobs, you will need to monitor yourself that you do not work more than 20 hours in a week.

Are Federal Work Study positions on-campus or off-campus?

Both! If you work on-campus, you will work for Kent State. If you work off campus, Kent State will still employ you, but your work site will be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, they will treat you like an employee, and you will perform work in the public interest.

How much can I make?

Current pay rates are roughly $10/hour, though they may vary depending on particular job responsibilities. As stated above, you cannot earn more than your award for the year, though if you work enough hours, you could earn your year’s award all in one semester—the higher your rate of pay and the more frequently you work, the quicker you might earn all of your funds for the year.

If you have any other questions, please call Community Engaged Learning or send an e-mail to community@kent.edu.