Community Service

What is Federal Work-study?
What are the benefits?
Are you eligible?
What are the next steps?
How does the program work?
What are the hours and pay?
Who are the employers?

Student Employment Workshops

The vision of the Off-Campus FWS Program is to support nonprofit organizations through providing outstanding services to community residents. This is a phenomenal opportunity for William Paterson University students to recognize the needs of the community and use their talents to uplift, guide and train and/or support families in challenging circumstances, whom may not have resources for services.

What is Federal Work-Study?

  • A form of financial aid 
  • Part-time and summer employment for undergraduate and graduate students 
  • The opportunity to work off-campus in a non-profit organization

The Off-Campus Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is just another name for community service and is an option for eligible students in the FWS Program. Students may be employed in services which are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs, in such areas as:

  • child care 
  • literacy 
  • education 
  • counseling
  • communication

What are the benefits?

The Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Program is important to both employers and students. Employers gain eager, intelligent and conscientious workers. Students have the opportunity to serve the community, while gaining valuable work experience and needed income to complete their education.

Are you eligible?

You must first complete a Financial Aid Free Student Application Form (FAFSAF). Your eligibility for financial aid will be determined by the William Paterson Financial Aid Office. If you are awarded financial assistance, Federal Work Study (FWS) may be one of the programs offered to you. You also must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and be at least a second semester freshman.

What are the next steps? 

After you receive notice of your FWS award, you should make an appointment with the William Paterson University Community Service-Job Location & Development (CS-JLD) Coordinator to discuss job possibilities and to complete an Employment Referral Form. Call to schedule an appointment at 973.720.3291.

How does the program work?

Students are provided a list of employers that currently participate in the program. If you are not interested in any of the employers listed, the CS-JLD Coordinator will advise you on how to initiate your own job search. The employers must be nonprofit and the work performed must be in the public interest, nonsectarian, and not involve federal lobbying.

What are the hours and pay?

Your total allowable FWS amount is specified in your Employment Referral Form. Your earnings may not exceed your offer. Your rate of pay is determined by both the Employer and the Financial Aid Office and is based upon the employer's job description. You are paid by the hour ($7-$12) and you can expect to receive a check every two weeks. 

Your period of employment is specified in your job assignment. You arrange your schedule and discuss your job responsibilities with your immediate supervisor. All FWS students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year and 34 hours per week during the summer. 

This information is provided as an introduction to the Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Program. For additional information, please contact the Community Service-Job Location & Development Office.

Community Service-Job Location and Development Program
Career Development Center
William Paterson University
Wayne, New Jersey 07470
(973) 720-2556

Any additional questions, please e-mail Victoria Nauta

Career Development Center
Student Center 301, 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone 973.720.3291 Fax 973.720.2074

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