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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 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 is set at $19.00/hr and $7,000 /qtr.

*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?

Schedule an appointment by clicking on the "meetme" links below or by emailing 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

Grayson Throckmorton '19 W, F / 9am-1pm / Tressider 2nd Floor

Vicky Le '19 M, W / 9am-12pm / Main Quad Bldg 20

Lydia Zemmali '20 M 1:30-4:30pm; F 10:30am-12:30pm / CoHo

Chinenye Obianuju Ogbonnah '20 M, T / 6-8pm / Women's Community Center

Janet Martinez '21 T 4-6pm; Th 7-9pm / Centro Chicano/Latino

Upcoming CSWS Information Sessions and Workshops:


CSWS Info. Session: What Is It and How Does It Work?
Monday, February 4, 6:30pm–7:30pm | El Centro Chicano y Latino Lounge

CSWS Info. Session: What Is It and How Does It Work?
Friday, February 15, 11:00am–12:00pm | Old Union, Room 122

CSWS Panel: Insights from Past Participants
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30–7:30pm | Roble Hall

CSWS Workshop: Finding the Placement That is Right for You
and Tips for Applying
Thursday, March 7, 6:00–7:30pm | Haas Center, DK Room

CSWS Info. Session and Application Workshop
Wednesday, April 3, 12:00-1:00pm | Native American Cultural Center Lounge

Get started by visiting the website:

See also the FAQs page.