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Community Service Work Study Program (CSWS)

The CSWS program is a federal program that allows students with a federal work study allowance in their financial aid award to work at a local not-for-profit or public sector organization to provide services to help benefit the local community. Education is the primary focus of this program, with job placements in tutoring, literacy, after-school programs, community advocacy, elder care, and the like. Students are expected to attend orientation, training, and reflection/evaluation programs as part of their hours worked.

We currently have CSWS agreements with over 15 community agencies in the Poughkeepsie area. Our community partners offer students unique and transformative experiences and encourage community engagement. Through the CSWS program, students can work up to their allotted 8-10 hours per week at an agency of their choice and get paid by Vassar College through Federal work study funding. Many of the agencies are located within driving, walking, or biking distance, and others are located along the various routes of the Poughkeepsie Bus Service. Lastly, if none of these options work for you, as a last resort CSWS students have access to the Community Taxi Program.

All CSWS positions can be accessed through JobX where students can search for jobs and submit applications.  

For more information regarding the CSWS program, please feel free to contact Brianne Balzer, Assistant Director of Financial Aid/Student Employment a stuemp@vassar.edu.