Community Work-Study

Community Work-Study

MU's Federal Community Work-Study Volunteer Program is a way for eligible students to earn money working in a volunteer position with a nonprofit community organization.


Community Work-Study (CWS) is a federal work-study program providing part-time employment for eligible college students. Awards are need-based and are part of your financial aid package. The Federal Work Study program does not guarantee you a job. It gives you an opportunity to earn an award. Instructions to CWS can be found here: Community Work Study Instructions

If you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the fastest and easiest way to find out is by following these steps:

  • Go to MAX.
  • Enter the personal information requested (M# & PIN).
  • Go to Student Services, then Financial Aid.
  • At “My Overall Status” select the aid year, and submit.
  • Look on the Federal Work-Study line. This will tell you if you have been accepted, and the amount of your award. The award amount is the maximum amount of money you can earn through the Community Work-Study program.

Every year there are students who receive a work study award and never use it, so you may still be eligible to receive one even if an award does not appear on your screen. If you have been awarded other financial aid, then contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out more about the Community Work-Study program.


Students may choose to work on campus positions, or off campus at a nonprofit community organization. Volunteer Central maintains up-to-date information on many community organizations that welcome community work study students, as well as additional resources to assist you in finding a volunteer position that meets your interests and schedule. Our staff will help you identify the opportunity that's best for you.

Nopprofit community organizations must complete and submit the Community Service Learning Agreement Form and a job description for the volunteer work that will be completed in order to host Community Work Study students.


The amount of hours you work will be determined by the amount of your work study award and the current, pre-determined hourly wage. Most students work about 10 hours per week. Your hourly wage will be no lower than the current minimum wage. You can confirm the exact present work study wage through the Office of Financial Aid.

Once you have decided with which nonprofit organization you will be working, you will provide your employer with a copy of the Federal Work Study Agreement, which they will complete and return to you, and which you will return to the Office of Financial Aid. When you turn in the form, you will receive information on time sheet and payroll processing so that you can begin working and getting paid. You will turn a time sheet in to the Office of Financial Aid according to a schedule and will be paid by Millersville University 's Student Payroll Office every other week. However, your site supervisor will need to sign your time sheet.

You cannot earn more through the Federal Work-Study program than your award allows. You will be notified if you approach your limit. You will then need to decide if you want to continue as a volunteer or leave the placement.


Nonprofit community organizations are usually understaffed and depend on every person in the organization, including volunteers, to meet their commitments. If you are absent, it will affect others. If you are unable to go to your volunteer assignment or job, you must contact your supervisor so they can adjust work schedules. If you leave unexpectedly halfway through the semester, your departure will create more work for someone else to do. Make sure you plan your schedule carefully so that you can meet your commitment to the organization and the people with whom you will be working.

You represent Millersville University when you work for a community organization through the Federal Work-Study Volunteer Program. Millersville University is committed to devoting these federal work study resources to the Lancaster community as a partner in the community. As a student in this program, you will reflect that commitment. We are glad that you are interested in being a part of this opportunity, and we look forward to assisting you.