America Reads for Students

In an effort to increase the reading proficiency among America’s youth, the Presidential Administration of William J. Clinton launched the “America Reads Challenge” with one major objective: to have all children reading well and independently by the end of third grade. Western Michigan University accepted the challenge, and works with local schools to provide reading tutors to elementary school students. If you would like to earn work-study funds by becoming a reading tutor, please contact Career and Student Employment Services at (269) 387-2745.

Tutor guidelines

America Reads tutor agreement

Obtain a work-study award

  • Complete the FAFSA indicating interest in work-study. Monitor your progress using the financial aid checklist.
  • Regularly check your WMU email account. That is where you will receive important communication about the status of your financial aid file and awards.
  • Review your financial aid award letter on GoWMU. Verify receipt of work-study award.
  • If you would like to receive work-study during summer I or summer II, you must complete a separate application. The summer I application will be available Feb. 15, each year, and the summer II application will be available April 1, each year.

Find employment

  • For assistance please log on to BroncoJOBS. Many student find unique opportunities by talking with campus staff, instructors and other students. For personal assistance with your America Reads job search, please contact Career and Student Employment Services at (269) 387-2745.
  • Off-campus America Reads tutoring sites must sign an agreement with WMU before they employ students using WMU work-study programs. Please contact Career and Student Employment Services for more information.
  • Notify your employer that you have a work-study award. In order to confirm the type and amount of your work-study award, your interviewer may ask for a copy of your award letter. You may always view and print your financial aid award letter using GoWMU.
  • Plan your work schedule with your supervisor. Please note, the calculations assume you are working all pay periods assigned to the term.

Fall or spring

Your award rate / Hourly pay rate / 18 weeks = hours per week.

Summer l or summer ll

Your award rate / Hourly pay rate / 8 weeks = hours per week.