Division of Student Life

Off-campus Federal Work-Study Opportunities and Next Steps for Students

Follow these steps to get started.

Note: Any work done before you complete all off-campus FWS paperwork will be considered unpaid volunteer work. 


Step 1. Confirm you qualify for FWS

  1. Log in to Banner Self-Service → Personal Info → Financial Aid → Award → Award for Aid Year → Award Overview → [select academic year]
  2. Award must say Federal Work-Study not Reed Work Study

Step 2. Review off-campus FWS-approved service sites and available positions

  1. Handshake: search “off-campus Federal Work-Study”
  2. Google map: locations noted

Note: Not all jobs at FWS-approved service sites are FWS-approved. Apply only for jobs that are FWS-approved. If you want to work with an organization that is not FWS-approved, contact SEEDS.

Step 3. Follow the FWS-approved host site’s application process

  1. Handshake includes contact and application information about specific positions (search “off-campus Federal Work-Study”)
  2. Contact SEEDS about student-coordinated programs

Note: Contact Beyond Reed with questions about Handshake, as well as for support for your application, letter of interest, resume, and interview.

Step 4. Once hired, complete the online learning contract

  1. Log in to Banner Self-Service → Financial Aid → Award → Award for Aid Year → Award Overview → Click on Federal Work Study

Step 5. Complete I-9, W-4 & direct deposit forms with the business office (if this is your first time working at Reed).

Step 6. Submit timesheets to Reed’s student employment specialist

  1. Paper timesheets are due bi-weekly on Mondays before 3 p.m.
  2. The off-campus FWS pay rate is $13.50/hour
  3. Record exact roundtrip travel time (not to exceed 1 hr/day)
  4. Conclude all FWS work by the last day of spring semester (Reed does not offer FWS funding during summer break)

Note: Any work done before you complete all off-campus FWS paperwork will be considered unpaid volunteer work.

FWS Info Sessions

Info sessions are held every Thursday at the start of the semester. See our calendar for times and locations.

Student-Initiated FWS Host Sites

If you did not find the kind of work you are looking for in the posted opportunities, you can still earn your FWS award at another organization, provided it meets the required criteria. If you'd like to initiate the FWS contract process with an organization, follow these steps:

Student Feedback

At the end of the year, the SEEDS office suggests that FWS students fill out an evaluation with their FWS site supervisor during an exit interview. We ask for feedback on your placements so that SEEDS can learn more about the organizations where students worked and pass that information on to future FWS interns & other volunteers. It is also beneficial to ask for a letter of recommendation from your supervisor if it was a positive experience.

If you have feedback before the end of the year, please contact