Community Service Jobs

The Office of Financial Aid contracts with select nonprofit organizations and government agencies to offer Federal Work-Study job opportunities providing community service. Our partnership with these affiliated employers allows students to work near Emory and in the local Atlanta area providing invaluable support for these organizations’ missions.

For more information about earning your Federal Work-Study funds through community service employment with our affiliate employers, please contact us.

Emory Reads

The Emory Reads tutoring program was created under the Department of Education’s America Reads Challenge, whose goal is to help ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of the third grade. The program is facilitated by Emory students each year with the cooperation of the Office of Financial Aid to ensure the program is in compliance with federal regulations. Our partner organization, Hands On Atlanta, identifies local host elementary schools.

Emory Reads tutors carpool to local elementary schools, where they provide one-on-one literacy and math tutoring to children. Our student facilitators plan carpools each semester based on each tutor's hours of availability and on each school's request for tutors. Tutors are typically hired at the beginning of each semester and are asked to commit to the program for at least one semester, as carpools return to the same school at the same time each week, establishing an ongoing bond between the tutor and child.

Emory Reads tutors have two participation options—to participate as a paid Federal Work-Study employee or as a volunteer. Tutors typically work two-hour shifts at a school, plus transportation time for which they are paid. Students can multiple shifts during the week, based on carpool availability.

Because of the limited availability of work hours and because the program is entirely funded through a federal allocation, Emory Reads paid employees are allowed to participate in two Federal Work-Study jobs simultaneously. Emory Reads employees are paid above the typical undergraduate pay range, earning $13.00/hour as tutors and $18.00/hour as tutors/carpool drivers. 

For more information about earning your Federal Work-Study funds through Emory Reads employment, please contact us.

Community Service Definition

Community services are defined as services that are identified by an institution of higher education through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, government, and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. These services include:

  • such fields 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, community improvement, and emergency preparedness and response;
  • work in service opportunities or youth corps under AmeriCorps, and service in the agencies, institutions, and activities described later;
  • support services for students with disabilities (including students with disabilities who are enrolled at the school); and
  • activities in which an FWS student serves as a mentor for such purposes as tutoring (see Employing FWS students as tutors later in this chapter), supporting educational and recreational activities, and counseling, including career counseling.

To be considered employed in a community service job for Federal Work-Study (FWS) purposes, an FWS student does not have to provide a “direct” service. The student must provide services that are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents or to solve particular problems related to those residents’ needs. A school may use its discretion to determine what jobs provide service to the community, within the guidelines provided by the statute.

This definition is as defined in the Department of Education FSA Handbook, Volume 6, Chapter 2 (6–57).