Moving from Commitment to Action

Leveraging Partnerships between Higher Education and P-12 Systems to Support Students Through Federal Work-Study Roles

In May 2023, the U.S. Department of Education called upon institutions of higher education (IHEs) to set public goals to use more of their Federal Work-Study (FWS) funding and other programs to support P-12 students through tutoring, mentoring, post-secondary transition coaching, student success coaching, and/or wraparound/integrated student support coordination (“NPSS roles”) in schools or out-of-school time programs.

The National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS) Higher Education Coalition provides multiple mechanisms of support to IHEs and communities striving towards meeting this goal. This guide outlines initial steps and considerations for IHEs moving from commitment to action, from joining the NPSS Higher Education Coalition to placing college students in NPSS-aligned community service roles in P-12 schools and out-of-school time programs.


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