Summer FWSP

FWSP Summer

Eligibility for Summer FWSP is dependent on the student’s FWSP eligibility for the following school year. This means that students must submit their financial aid application, including the FAFSA form, by the deadline published on the Griffin Financial Aid Office website. To expedite the processing of the application, students must also complete a brief summer FWSP application (undergraduates only). 

If an undergraduate student completes both the financial aid application and summer FWSP application, he or she will be notified of his or her tentative FWSP award in mid-to-late May.

Students who are eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program for the 2019-2020 academic year can use their eligibility for jobs this summer either in Cambridge or anywhere in the United States.

Summer 2019- Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) Dates:
Sunday,  May 19th, 2019 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019.

Graduate Schools 2019 Federal Work Study Program Dates:
 - Sunday,  May 19th, 2018 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019.
GSD  - Sunday,  May 19th, 2018 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019.
HLS - Sunday,  May 19th, 2018 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019.
HKS - Sunday,  May 19th, 2018 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019.
SPH -  Sunday,  May 19th, 2018 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019.

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 Summer Federal Work Study Program allocation is $5,500 for undergrads and must be used by employers only for summer employment purposes. 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 your earnings. As a result, FWSP students are less expensive to employ than a traditional student worker, openning up opportunities for FWSP students that previously may not have been available.

The employer must agree to pay a portion of your hourly rate because FWSP is not able to 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 Hospital

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
  • Distric 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
  • Dorm Crew