volunteer programs

ReachOut Work-Study

What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study funds come from federal financial aid funding designated for AmericaReads and AmericaCounts initiatives, such as ReachOut. Established as a response to President Clinton's national challenge to enlist “one million volunteer tutors ready and able to give children the personal attention they need to catch up and get ahead.” ReachOut hopes to make a significant contribution to this goal in the Boston and Cambridge communities.

Those students who are eligible for Federal Work-Study funds can be paid $13-15 per hour including training and travel time. To be eligible you must have submitted a financial aid application.

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

After submitting a tutor application, you will automatically be notified by email if you are eligible for Federal Work-Study. Then you will be asked to fill out the paperwork necessary to get paid. Only students with Federal Work-Study in their financial aid package can receive payment. All other students participate in the program as volunteers. If you have any questions or would like to know whether you are eligible before applying, contact Chiara Magini at studentworker@mit.edu.

Where can I get more information?

If you would like to learn more about this nationwide AmericaReads initiative, check out these websites:
America Reads Challenge
Information about Federal Work Study

Not eligible for Federal Work-Study? We'd still love to have you participate in the program as a volunteer!