Community Work-Study

Earn money by working part time for a community organization.

Community Work-Study (CWS) is a win-win: you earn money to help pay for your IUPUI education, and you gain real-life experience at a nonprofit or government agency.

CWS is a type of Federal Work-Study, which is financial aid that provides part-time employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students based on need. Besides earning money and experience, you can strengthen your resume, make connections in the community, and explore your career interests—all while helping others. Some CWS positions even lead to full-time jobs.

Types of Employers and Positions

CWS-eligible students work for Indiana University–approved organizations, addressing issues ranging from education to the environment and health to homelessness. Your responsibilities will be tailored to the organization’s needs and your educational interests, and could include:

  • Tutoring or mentoring children
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Working with local parks and recreation organizations
  • Coordinating volunteers
  • Planning fundraising events
  • Serving as a museum tour guide


Work-study awards are based on financial need, so you need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To find out if you qualify for work-study, contact the Office of Student Financial Services.