Summer FWSP

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Eligibility for Summer FWSP is dependent on the student’s FWSP eligibility for the following academic year. This means that students must submit their financial aid application, including the 21-22 FAFSA, by the deadline published by their respective Financial Aid Office Website.

Undergraduate students must also complete a brief Summer FWSP Application to expedite the processing of the application. Undergraduate students who have completed both the financial aid application and Summer FWSP application, will be notified of their tentative FWSP award after May 12. 

Graduate students should inquire with their respective financial aid office, to inquire about Summer FWSP eligibility.


Summer FSWP Guidelines

What Summer FWSP is:

  • A part of your overall financial aid package.

  • Makes you more attractive to employers because between 30% - 40% of hired students' wages are subsidized by the federal government.

What Summer FWSP is NOT:

  • A grant from Harvard to help finance your summer activities such as thesis research.

  • Available to students who are not on financial aid.

The Undergraduate Summer Federal Work Study Program allocation is $5,500. This means that students can earn up to $5,500 through the program at an eligible employer, with the employing organization responsible for less than 40% of the earnings. As a result, FWSP students are less expensive to employ than a traditional student worker, opening up opportunities for FWSP students that were previously unavailable.

The employer must agree to pay a portion of your hourly rate, FWSP can not cover 100% of student earnings.

The following are several organizations where Harvard students have worked during the summer break:

Health Care

  • Mass General Hospital
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Los Angeles Children's Hospital
  • Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
  • Boston Animal Hospita

Higher Education

  • New York University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • CalTech
  • Johns Hopkins University

Community Development

  • First Church Shelter
  • Fidelity House
  • Asian Community Development Corp
  • The Right Question Project
  • Enterprise Homes
  • Charles River Conservancy


  • The White House
  • US Dept. of State
  • Office of the Nebraska Attorney General
  • Mayor's Office, City of Boston
  • Hawaii State Dept. of Ed
  • Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
  • District Attorney of Appalachian Circuit

General Non-Profit

  • William J. Clinton Foundation
  • The Innocence Project
  • Eugene Bell Foundation
  • Partners for Sustainable Development
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • WorldStudio Foundation
  • Dredge Research Collaborative
  • MAS Context


  • Harvard Student Agencies
  • The Harvard Crimson
  • Harvard Libraries
  • Phillips Brooks House
  • The Education Innovation Laboratory