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 Federal 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 Offer

  • Complete the FAFSA indicating interest in Federal 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 offers.
  • Review your financial aid offer letter on GoWMU. Verify receipt of Federal Work-study offer.
  • If you would like to receive Federal Work-study during summer I or summer II, you must complete a separate application - available each spring semester in GoWMU. 

Find employment

  • For assistance please visit Handshake. 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 Federal Work-study programs. Please contact Career and Student Employment Services for more information.
  • Notify your employer that you have a Federal Work-study offer. In order to confirm the type and amount of your Federal Work-study offer, your interviewer may ask for a copy of your offer letter. You may always view and print your financial aid offer letter using GoWMU.
  • Plan your work schedule with your supervisor. Please note, the calculations assume you are working all pay periods assigned to the semester/session.

Fall or spring

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

Summer l or summer ll

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