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The National Study of the Operation of the Federal Work-Study Program


The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program, begun in 1965, disburses federal funding to postsecondary institutions to provide students with part-time employment opportunities to help finance their education. In FY 2000, the federal government provided $934 million through the FWS program to help support 1 million postsecondary students. This report, based on a nationally representative survey of Federal Work-Study (FWS) administrators and recipients conducted in 1998, analyzes student and institutional experiences with the FWS program and describes how the program is operated.


Students indicated high levels of satisfaction with the FWS program and felt that it contributed positively to their academic studies. Students also felt that they received the supervision and training they needed. Institutions generally tried to match FWS students with jobs and routinely followed up with employers. However, institutions rarely followed up with students regarding their satisfaction with the program. Both students and institutions indicated a high level of interest in participating in America Reads and the vast majority of students who held community service jobs felt that this would have a positive effect on their future participation in community service activities.

Only three percent of students participated in America Reads in the fall of 1998. Among those students not participating, more than three-quarters indicated they were unaware of America Reads. However, after being read a short description of the initiative, almost 70 percent of students indicated they would be interested in participating in America Reads in the future.

Copies of this report are available by contacting the U.S. Department of Education's Publication Center in the following ways: Toll-free phone calls to 1-877-4ED-Pubs (1-877-433-7827), TTY/TDD call 1-877-576-7734. If 877 is not yet available in your area, call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327), TTY/TDD call 1-800-437-0833; via internet at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html; via e-mail at edpubs@inet.ed.gov; via fax to 301-470-1244; and, via mail to ED Pubs, Education Publications Center, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 1398. This report is also available online at PDF and MS Word .

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