volunteer programs

ReachOut Work-Study

What is Federal work-study?

Federal work-study funds come from federal grant money designated for AmericaReads initiatives, such as ReachOut. Established as a response to President Clinton's national challenge to "ensure that all children can read independently by the end of the third grade," 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 the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA).

How do I know if I am eligible for Federal work-study?

After the ReachOut tutor orientation, you will be notified by email if you are eligible for Federal work-study. 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, contact the Public Service Center 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!