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Federal work-study opportunities with Nittany Lions Read / Nittany Lions Count

By: Joshua Simon

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, deeply committed to student success, is excited to announce opportunities for financial support through the Nittany Lions Read/Nittany Lions Count Federal Work-Study Program (NLR/NLC) for the 2023/2024 academic year. This initiative, part of the campus's broader effort to foster academic achievement and community involvement, aims to enhance the reading, math, and science skills of children in local communities.

Job Description and Requirements:

NLR/NLC students will collaborate with community programs, early childhood centers, and elementary schools. Positions involve assisting teachers, engaging directly with children, and offering one-on-one or small-group instruction. Opportunities are available both during the school day and in afterschool programs at an hourly rate of $14.

Clearances required include:

  • PA State Police Criminal Background Check
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form
  • FBI Criminal Background Check
  • NSOR Verification

Federal Work-Study is a program in the United States that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service and labor related to the student's course of study.

Here's how it works:

Eligibility: Not all students are eligible for Federal Work-Study. It's typically reserved for students who display a certain level of financial need determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

Job placement: If a student is granted Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid package, they will then find a suitable job. These jobs can be on-campus positions (possibly related to the field of study) or off-campus jobs, often serving the public interest.

Earnings: Unlike other forms of financial aid, Federal Work-Study earnings are not automatically applied towards tuition or other school costs. Instead, students receive a paycheck, just like a regular job. How much a student earns depends on the level of financial need, the school's federal work-study funding, and the school's policies.

Students who received a Federal Work Study award may obtain a job and perform related duties either on campus, or remotely, if possible and at the discretion of the employer. Students applying for Federal Work Study positions should clarify expectations with their potential employer regarding either on campus/in person or remote work arrangements. A Federal Work Study award does not guarantee a job opening is available, so qualifying students are encouraged to apply to these positions early.

For more information on NLR/NLC positions or questions on the Federal Work Study program, visit, review, or call 724-430-4132.