Mason Locally Ranked for Federal Work Study Spending

Posted: February 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Joseph J. Urban, III

In a recent study published in The Washington Post, George Mason ranks third in area universities when it comes to spending Federal Work Study (FWS) funds on community service projects. Only the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (23.0 percent) and Virginia Commonwealth University (21.9 percent) are higher. George Mason spends 20.9 percent of its allotted $800,000 FWS money on community service projects.

FWS is a form of cooperative education that provides students with on- and off-campus employment that is career oriented. Universities are required to spend at least seven percent of their funding to supplement student salaries in conjunction with local community service-oriented businesses. In this way, businesses that may not have the opportunity to hire new workers are given money that they need to do so.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to work in a program that allows them to help out in the community,” says Tom Perdiou, assistant director of student financial aid. “It gives students the chance to work with organizations that they would otherwise volunteer for, but thanks to the funding, we are able to help them with financial assistance. More businesses and organizations that don’t have the budget to help the community are now equipped to, and we’re very proud of that.”

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