Community Work-Study

The Community Work-Study Program, sponsored by the Cornell Public Service Center (PSC), enables Cornell Federal Work-Study (FWS) students to work for nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities mainly in Ithaca and Tompkins County but also anywhere in the U.S.

Opportunities exists in a variety of areas, including the arts, K-12 education, environmental programs, health services, legal services, programs for older people, public works and engineering, women's organizations, and youth programs. The work must be designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. Learn more by reading What qualifies as Community Service?

Each year we place an average of 250 students in work-study positions in the local community during the academic year, and another 70 students in the summer. Jobs affiliated with Cornell departments or organizations may qualify for CWSP funding if the student’s work benefits local residents or US residents.

Fall 2020 Announcements

Beginning Fall 2020 - Students need to actively accept, reduce, or decline offers for all Federal Work Study (FWS), federal student loans, and university loans through Student Center. For instructions on how to accept FWS or loans, please review this tutorial. FWS cannot be earned and student loans will not credit to the Bursar statement until they are accepted, or reduced, and all standard Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Notes are complete.


We strongly encourage you to read the handbook that pertains to you and share it with any staff who are posting jobs or supervising students through CWSP.

Student Handbook

Community Partner Handbook

Campus Partner Handbook