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Work a summer or part-time job while contributing to your community through Community Service Work-Study (CSWS). 

What is CSWS?

Trisha Litong

The Community Service Work-Study Program provides academic year and summer employment opportunities for currently enrolled students who receive financial aid at Stanford. It allows them to combine the financial need to work with the personal goal of helping the community.

Eligible students have the freedom to design a service experience in collaboration with a partnering organization. Placements during the academic year are on campus or in the local community. Summer placements can be at qualified organizations anywhere in the United States.

CSWS is a federally-supported program, co-administered for Stanford by the Haas Center and the Financial Aid Office. Full-time, quarter-long opportunities are also part of the Cardinal Quarter program. 

How does it work?

All work-study students are employed through Stanford University. The federal government and Stanford University cover 90% of the student's wages and benefits, and the Haas Center contributes the remaining 10%—there is no cost to the partner organization. The Financial Aid Office determines eligibility and the maximum earnings each student is allowed per quarter during the academic year. This wage is subject to change, per University policy.

Am I eligible?

Currently enrolled undergraduate students who have a financial aid package may qualify for CSWS, with the following exceptions:

  • International students are not eligible.
  • Seniors who are graduating from Stanford are not eligible the summer after their senior year.

All applicants must submit a csws authorization form and within a few days, obtain an official email from the Financial Aid Office verifying the student's quarterly amount that is approved for the summer 2024. This is the official email that verifies your eligibility. 


Apply for the 2023-24 Academic Year Program (make sure you are logged in using your Stanford email)

Apply to the 2024 Summer CSWS Program. Application Deadline has been extended to May 1, 2024. Program timeframe is July 1 - Sept 13, 2024.


  • Due to the delays with the FAFSA, the 2024 Summer CSWS Application will be available February 2024. 
  • Verifying your CSWS eligibility through the Financial Aid Office may be delayed through March 2024. 
  • Please apply early and the Financial Aid Office will respond to you as soon as the FAFSA information is released to Stanford and processed. 

Where can I get more information?

See the FAQs on the CSWS Resources page, or schedule an appointment with CSWS Program Director Yvette Zepeda ( or

CSWS information sessions are held throughout winter and early spring. Check the Haas Center calendar for upcoming sessions.

Peer advisors

CSWS Peer Advisors are current Stanford students who can help answer your questions about the program. Please email them to set up a virtual appointment.

If you have questions, please contact Yvette Zepeda ( or the CSWS Program (