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Community Service Agency Partnerships

Community Service (CS) Federal Work-Study (FWS)

Community services are defined as services that are identified by an institution of higher education though formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, government, and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. These services include:

  • Such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial services), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, pub­lic safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural devel­opment, community improvement, and emergency prepared­ness and response;
  • Work in service opportunities or youth corps under Ameri­Corps, and service in the agencies, institutions, and activities described later;
  • Support services for students with disabilities (including stu­dents with disabilities who are enrolled at the school1); and
  • Activities in which an FWS student serves as a mentor for such purposes as tutoring (see Employing FWS students as tutors later in this chapter), supporting educational and recreational activities, and counseling, including career counseling.

To be considered employed in a community service job for FWS pur­poses, an FWS student does not have to provide a “direct” service. The student must provide services that are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents or to solve particular problems related to those residents’ needs. A school may use its discretion to determine what jobs provide service to the community, within the guidelines provided by the statute, regulations, and the Department.

A university or college is not considered a community for the pur­poses of the FWS community service requirements. On-campus jobs can meet the definition of community services, provided the services are de­signed to improve the quality of life for community residents, or to solve problems related to their needs and that they meet the regulatory and statutory provisions pertaining to the applicable FWS employment limita­tions and conditions.


Interested in partnering with NLU to offer Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions at your location?

Learn more about this exciting win-win partnership!  You provide the job and training; we handle the payroll and provide the funding!

National Louis is proud to partner with Community Service Partners (CSP) at Not-for-profit agencies who wish to hire Federal Work-Study (FWS) student employees.

The 2021 Academic Year (AY) Community Service Partner (CSP) Federal Work-Study (FWS) Participation Packet is required to partner with NLU and request a student employee.

Please return your completed forms to Alfreda Walton, Coordinator of Community Service and Federal Work-Study, via email to or fax to 847.947.5868, alternate fax is 847.465.5894. 

We will contact you to discuss your needs more thoroughly and to arrange a visit to your agency, upon receipt of your required forms. 

Please feel free to contact us via email at or phone at 847.947.5868 should you have questions.

2021 CSP Federal Work-Study Participation Packet‌‌‌



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