Summer FWSP

Eligibility for Summer FWSP is dependent on a 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.

Summer 2017- Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) Dates:
Monday, May 15th, 2017 - Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

Graduate Schools 2017 Federal Work Study Program Dates:
 - May 15th, 2017 - August 26th, 2017
GSD  - June 1st, 2017 - August 26th, 2017
HLS - May 15th, 2017 - August 26th, 2017
HKS - June 1st - August 26th, 2017
SPH - May 15th, 2017 - August 26th, 2017

What Summer FWSP is:

  • An award that is part of your overall financial aid package.

  • Makes you more attractive to employers because they only pay between 30% - 40% of your wages but must pay a portion.

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 award is $5,500 and is use it or lose it. This means that you can earn up to $5,500 through the program at an eligible employer yet the employing organization would only be responsible for less than 40% of your earnings with the remainder covered by the Federal Government. As a result you far less expensive to employ than a traditional student worker which may open up opportunities previously not available.

The employer must agree to pay a portion of your hourly rate as FWSP is not able to cover 100% of your earnings.

The following are several organization at which 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

Higher Education

  • New York University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • CalTech

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

General Non-Profit

  • William J. Clinton Foundation
  • The Innocence Project
  • Eugene Bell Foundation
  • Partners for Sustainable Development
  • Habitat for Humanity

On Campus

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

Video Presentation on Summer FWSP