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Community Service Work-Study (CSWS)

CSWS Placement CIELO
Photo: Christina Kohlmann, '19 CIELO

What is CSWS?

The Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) 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

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 community partner organization contributes the remaining 10% of the wages. The Financial Aid Office determines eligibility and the maximum earnings each student is allowed per quarter during the academic year. The 2019 Summer program wage was set at $19.00/hr and $7,000 /qtr and likely will remain the same for Summer 2020. This wage is subject to change as per University policy.

*Be a part of Cardinal Quarter and earn an additional $1,000. See Application for more details.

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 obtain an authorization form to verify their work-study eligibility from the Financial Aid Office.

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Where can I get more information?

See the FAQs page, or schedule an appointment with CSWS Program Director Yvette Zepeda.

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

Peer Advising Hours

Name / Email

Schedule Appointment

Day / Time / Location

Trisha Litong '22

M, W / 1-4 PM / Haas Center
T, Th / 3-4 PM / Haas Center
F / 1-6 PM / Haas Center

Karen Villanueva '22

T / 10:30-11:30 AM / Tresidder 2nd Floor Lounge
W / 1:15-5 PM / Tresidder 2nd Floor Lounge
Th / 10:30-11:30 AM / Tresidder 2nd Floor Lounge

Wendy Sanchez '21

M / 12-8 PM / Law School Cafe
T, Th / 11:30 AM-8 PM / Law School Cafe
W, F / 10:30 AM-8 PM / Law School Cafe

Chinenye Obianuju Ogbonnah '20

F, Sat / 6-8 PM / Women's Community Center

Janet Martinez '21 Studying abroad during Winter Quarter
Only available through email


Upcoming CSWS Information Sessions and Workshops for Winter Quarter 2019-20: