Department encourages use of work-study funds to pay for tutoring and mentoring programs
May 18, 2023
To help overcome pandemic learning loss, the Department of Education is encouraging postsecondary institutions to use work-study funds for programs to provide tutoring, mentoring, and other support to school-aged students.
A May 10 Electronic Announcement informs institutions that the Secretary of Education has written a letter to college, university, and school district leaders encouraging them to work together to use Federal Work-Study (FWS) and other federal resources to support the recovery of school-aged youth from the effects of the pandemic.
In the letter, the Secretary specifically calls on colleges and universities to set a public goal to increase the number of college students supporting school-aged children and youth in roles as tutors, mentors, student success coaches, and other student support roles in schools and out-of-school-time programs.
The letter also addresses how supporting college students in these roles can benefit colleges and universities and encourages interested institutions to engage with the National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS), a public-private partnership established by the Department and AmeriCorps, to support this work.