Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Community Service Learning

Community Service Learning

Community Service Learning (CSL) is a partnership between UNI and community nonprofit organizations. Qualified students work at off-campus positions while earning Federal Work-Study funds. Student employees receive pay through UNI. Students who originally do not have Federal Work-Study on their award, may still qualify for Community Service Learning.

Nonprofit organizations are responsible for 25 percent of the earnings. A normal Federal Work-Study award is $2,000. The maximum amount an agency would be responsible for is $500.

Benefits to Students

  • Student gain valuable work experience.
  • Earnings are exempt from FICA taxes if you are enrolled full-time
  • Paid via UNI Direct Deposit
  • The work performed is in the public interest. It improves the quality of life for the community.

Benefits to Nonprofit Organization

  • Employers pay only 25% of the wages earned
  • Interns enrich the agencies by bringing with them the latest information and practices in their fields of study

How CSL Works

  • Off-campus agencies can advertise for positions using online resources through UNI Career Services. For more information on posting a position, click here.
  • Staff in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships can determine which student applicants qualify for Federal Work-Study. For instructions, please click here.
  • The agency interviews students and selects student(s) for the position.
  • The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships awards Federal Work-Study to eligible student employees.
  • The student employee meets with Financial Aid Office staff for set up in UNI payroll.

Note: Students currently working for an organization may also qualify for Community Service Learning. Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for help in determining if a student qualifies

Receiving Federal Work-Study Payments

Your way of receiving pay will differ from the way of receiving other aid such as grants and loans which credit to the U-bill.  To receive pay for work study you will record the hours worked and submit time cards on the Oracle E-business site.  A link is available through MyUNIverse.  Your payment will be directly deposited to your personal bank account.

Students can access their Work-Study Monitoring Report to track their work-study earnings at any time on the Oracle e-business suite where you complete and submit timecards.

Instructions for Completing a Student Timecard

Bi-weekly Payment Schedule

Instructions on Viewing your Work-Study Monitoring Report

 

Information for Agencies

Nonprofit Employer Responsibilities

  • Pay 25% of students’ federal work-study earning and 100% of any earnings over students’ work-study earning paid by UNI
  • Sign into Oracle E-Business suite every Monday to review submitted timecards
  • Communicate with Work-Study Coordinator on employee terminations in a timely manner

Nonprofit Employer Resources

 

For more information, contact:

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Work-Study

workstudy-jobs@uni.edu

(319) 273-2700