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Students who receive a federal work-study award may earn their awards in the community at non-profit agencies. This is a great way to make a positive impact on the local community.

Some of the agencies where our students have worked in the past include the Bristol Animal Shelter, Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen, Audubon Society of RI, Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Bristol Reads Program, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Linden Place Museum and Blithewold Gardens and Arboretum.

If you are interested in securing a work-study position in a community-service setting, please contact the Feinstein Center at or by calling 401-254-5670.

Natalie Brough '14, is our office contact for students interested in this program.


Feinstein Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement
Roger Williams University

All questions about the Community Service Work Study Program should be directed to:

All questions regarding your financial aid award should be directed to the Financial Aid office at 401-254-3100, located on the first floor of the Administration Building.


  • You may only hold a community service work-study position at a non-profit agency. 

“A non-profit organization is one in which no part of the net earnings of the agency benefits any private shareholder or individual.  The organization must be incorporated as a non-profit under federal or state law.  Work done at the agency must be done in the public interest. “   From the 2003-2004 Federal Work-study Compliance Manual

  • You may not work at a for-profit business.
  • You may not earn academic credit and work study funds at the same time.
  • Practicum or student teaching or credit-bearing internshiped will not be approved as community service work-study positions.
  • You cannot be paid by the agency at the same time you are being paid work-study funds.
  • You may work at a religious institution, but the work you do may not be religious in nature (i.e. you can coach CYO basketball but may not teach Sunday school) or take place in a worship space (i.e. you cannot paint a chapel but you can paint an office).
  • You may hold two work-study positions only if at least one of them is a community service work-study position.  One may be on-campus, or both may be community service work. In the case of multiple positions, you must list all work-study employers with our office. 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of monies earned and not exceed their federal work-study award.  The Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator will receive periodic updates about students’ status in regard to their award limit. 


  • Travel time is payable time.  Please be reasonable in your estimates.
  • Training time is also payable time.  This includes training directly related to the tasks of your job or training needed to satisfy requirements for the job (i.e. CPR/First Aid, OSHA, etc.)


  • It not convenient for community service work study students to swipe a Kronos clock for off-campus work.  Our community service work-study students will use a YELLOW time sheet, available only in the Feinstein Center. 
  • Any student falsifying their timesheet will be immediately dismissed, will lose any work-study monies they have been awarded, and will be reported to the office of general counsel and the student conduct office.
  • Timesheets are due by 5pm on the last day of the pay period.
  • Timesheets must be turned in to the Feinstein Center, not the Financial Aid office.
  • If you cannot make it to the Feinstein Center by the deadline, place your completed timesheet in the mailbox by the front door of the building no later than 9am on the following Monday. 
  • Timesheets must be filled out in INK to the nearest ¼ (or .25) hour. 
  • You may not work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session.  You may work up to 40 hours per week during school breaks (Winter Intersession, Spring Break, and summer). 
  • Timesheets must reflect a ½ hour break for any shift greater than 6 hours. 
  • You may not work more than 8 hours per day. 
  • Timesheets must be signed by both the student and the site supervisor.  If these signatures are missing, the timesheet will not be processed until they are completed.  This may delay your paycheck to the next pay date (two weeks later!)
  • Incomplete timesheets may cause a delay in your being paid on time!!
  • If a timesheet is received after the deadline, it will be processed with the next available payroll. 


The Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator is your official supervisor, but you also have a site supervisor at the agency.  Any problems you encounter at the agency should be reported to your site supervisor immediately. These include injury, illness, and theft of personal items.

If you encounter situations on site that make you uncomfortable for any reason at all, and you feel that you cannot speak to your site supervisor, please contact the Director of the Feinstein Center immediately!