Grant: $284,667 - Department of Education - Jul. 1, 2009
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Award Description: Federal Work - Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program designed to promote part-time employment of financially eligible students to help avoid excessive debt while in school. FWS-eligible students can seek jobs on campus, helping them to earn money to pay for tuition and other educational expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient's course of study. Working on campus is convenient for students as they can work between classes and campus employers are familiar with the academic calendar. Additional FWS funds were provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009) as part of the national effort to increase the affordability of postsecondary education for needy students. The additional funds allow more students the opportunity to participate in the FWS program through job retention.
Project Description: The University of Kansas was notified on September 24, 2009 via an IFAP Electronic Announcement that a portion our 2009-10 FWS allocation was being funded through ARRA. The additional FWS funds allocated through ARRA, provides an opportunity for more students to receive need-based financial aid through compensation for hours worked at on- or off-campus job.
Jobs Summary: The additional FWS funds allocated through ARRA, increases the opportunity for more students to work on campus. Working on campus can be beneficial in the retention of students since they often become more familiar with university faculty and/or staff. FWS-eligible students work in a variety of departments such as the libraries, Student Success units, and academic departments performing duties such as administrative work, peer advising, and working in labs. In addition, the FWS program encourages institutions, such as KU, to use the funds to help give back to the community. A minimum of 7% of the total FWS allocation must be utilized for paying students who are in positions that serve the community. FWS-eligible students at KU work in places such as the Speech Language Hearing Clinic, museums, and the Hilltop Chilcare Center, all of which provide services to the community. In addition, students serve as reading tutors for young children, literacy tutors and mathematics tutors. The utilization of these stimulus funds will allow KU to retain and expand students' participation in the FWS program. (Total jobs reported: 3)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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