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ERIC Number: ED561813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening the "Work" in Federal Work-Study: Improving Access to Financial Aid and Career-Related Work Experience for Low-Income and Post-Traditional Students
Kenefick, Elizabeth
Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
Low-income students must increasingly rely on work and loans to meet the high costs of college. Too often, though, the jobs they take are not in their field of study, which can impair the potential for career exploration and improved employment outcomes in the future. Despite the need to combine work and school in a meaningful way, only a limited number of students have been able to finance a portion of their education through one of the nation's oldest forms of financial assistance and largest subsidized work programs: the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. This brief aims to highlight the key challenges of the FWS program at meeting the needs of low-income and post-traditional students and provide initial recommendations to reform the program. In particular it focuses on the challenges and reforms to providing career-focused placements. The following are appended: "Matching Formula Requirements" and "List of Institutions Interviewed."
Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. Available from: CLASP. 1200 18th Street NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-906-8000; Fax: 202-842-2885; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Economic Opportunity Act 1964; Pell Grant Program