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Community Service Work-Study (CSWS)

CSWS Placement CIELO
Photo: Christina Kohlmann, '19 CIELO



Community Service Work Study funds will be available to support full-time Cardinal Quarter internship experiences during the upcoming Spring & Summer quarters.  Additional information and application materials will be available in the fall.

The traditional Community Service Work Study part-time program will be available during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, remote work only*. Applications are available in the SOLO platform.   Please complete the applications after you have received the official eligibility authorization from the Financial Aid Office as there have been several changes that may impact your eligibility this year.   The Partner Organization contribution of 10%  will be waived for the Fall quarter.  CSWS/Flex quarter is available - check your eligibility through the financial aid office authorization process.  

NOTE to Summer participants:  Your summer allocation and summer end dates may vary.
Please review your Financial Aid Office Authorizations for any changes related to your summer allocation and/or program dates.

The Haas Center for Public Service building will be closed to ensure the well-being of all of our communities and staff during the shelter in place order.  We will be working remotely and will respond to emails from Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Please visit for Haas Center updates, or for Stanford University updates.  


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 partner 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 academic year wages are based on the requirements of the job and quarters of experience needed to perform the job. The 2021 summer program wage is expected to remain the same, at $19.00/hr and $7,000/quarter, but is subject to change as per University policy.

*Cardinal Quarter stipends discontinued for Summer 2020.

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?

See the FAQs page, or schedule an appointment with 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

Trisha Litong '22

Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

M, W, F / 9-11 AM  CST
M, W, F / 1-4 PM /CST


Karen Villanueva '22

Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

M / 11AM-2PM PST

W / 7AM-10AM PST

Some Friday afternoons by appointment

Wendy Sanchez '21

Please email me to set up a virtual appointment on Zoom

M, F / 8AM-10 PM PST









*Remote Work Exception:

Regular remote work is typically not allowed as part of our CSWS program, but based on the current reality, exceptions to this policy will be made. A remote-based service experience will be considered and supported based on the following variables:

-The community partner organization is willing and able to supervise an intern working from a remote location.
-The nature of the work can be done in a remote capacity.
-There are substantial and sufficient work projects that can be completed remotely to warrant a full-time, nine-week opportunity (a limited number of part-time opportunities are available)