Off-Campus Work Study

Mount Holyoke College students receiving federal work-study (FWS) as part of their financial aid package may be eligible for academic-year employment off-campus. Students interested in off-campus work-study, and employers interested in hosting such students should read below for additional information about eligibility, opportunities, and procedures for applying/recruiting.

The Community-Based Learning Program places students eligible for federal work-study in paid employment with:

  1. tutoring programs and schools partnering with the CBL Program, located in South Hadley and Holyoke through the America Reads/America Counts program, and
  2. not-for-profit and public service organizations and programs who are prepared to cost-share 15% of students’ hourly wages through the Community-Based Work Study (CBWS) program.

All employers are responsible for local training and supervision of work-study students, and for collaborating with the CBL Program to ensure placements yield mutual benefits to organizations/programs and students.



Mount Holyoke College students are eligible for an off-campus work-study placement if:

  1. you are a US citizen and receive federal work-study as a component of your financial aid package – please check with Student Financial Services if you are unsure; and
  2. you have completed one semester of on-campus employment as a pre-requisite to off-campus work.


America Reads/America Counts: The CBL Program works with selected schools and after-school programs in South Hadley and Holyoke for tutoring placements. Please contact the CBL office at 413-538-3072 for more information.

Community-Based Work Study (CBWS): The CBWS Program works with site partners:

  1. who can demonstrate commitment to, and success in, hosting, supervising, and employing college student employees for learning and professional development opportunities,
  2. with whom CBL staff can build and maintain mutually-beneficial partnerships, and
  3. for whom Mount Holyoke College can ensure consistent and reliable transportation.

Please contact the CBL office at 413-538-3072 for more information.


The CBL Program, in partnership with Fleet Services and the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee, provides several transportation options to enable students to get to and from partner sites. See the CBL Transportation Policies for more information.