Work Study – Federal Program that provides $4000 per summer for qualified students working in public interest, government and judicial internships. This is the typical funding source for most students working in public interest jobs. Work Study breaks down like this:
75% Federal Funds (3,000)
25% Employer Match (1,000)
Since most if not all public interest employers do not have the funds to pay the employer match, you must find a source of matching funds. Sources of matching funds:
Law Foundation Matching Grants
For the past several years, Temple Law School has provided matching funds for students who cannot find other sources of matching funds. Law Foundation Matching Grant applications will be available in the Financial Aid Office starting Monday, April 15 2013. If awarded a Law Foundation Matching Grant, students must ensure that they complete the payroll process before starting work. The approximatetime period for summer work study runs from mid-May to mid-August. The exact dates will be in your summer work study award letter.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Priority for SPIN Members
A Law Foundation Matching Grant is not guaranteed. The Law School Financial Aid Office has established a priority system for awarding a Law Foundation Matching Grant. The Student Public interest Network (SPIN), in cooperation with the Law School, holds a fundraising auction each spring to raise money for matching grants and individual honor awards. Since the Law School relies on a successful auction to provide as many matching grants as possible, first priority for matching grants will be given to students who participate in SPIN and fulfill the 15+1 priority requirement as established by the SPIN Board. Click here for more information on the priority system..
Equal Justice America
Provides matching funds for students working at organizations that provide civil legal services to individuals. Limited number of funds available, must have job to apply. Go to the Equal Justice America for more information, deadline is March 25, 2013.
Work Study and its effect on Financial Aid
Students are permitted to receive financial aid up to the “cost of attendance”.
Budgets for 2012-2013*
Full Time Day
Full Time Evening & Part Time Day
* the budget figures for students living with a parent or relative are slightly lower
The vast majority of students do not borrow or receive aid up to these amounts. If this is you, work study will have no practical effect on your financial aid package, as the summer work study allowance, ($2520) will be “subtracted” from your Cost of Attendance.
If you do borrow up to the cost of attendance and have extraordinary documented expenses, you may request that your budget be increased. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.
OTHER FUNDING SOURCES (CANNOT BE USED AS MATCHING FUNDS)
SPIN Honor Awards
SPIN members who fulfill the volunteering and solicitation requirements can apply for a SPIN Honors Award. This award recognizes students for exceptional contributions to SPIN and public interest, and is reviewed and awarded separately from work study. See the SPIN FAQ for more information.
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.
The application is now open and decisions will be made on a rolling basis until Monday, March 13th, 2013. You cannot apply for a Summer Corps education award until you have secured a qualified placement.
See the FAQs at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/summercorps/faq-applicant and eligibility requirements at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/summercorps/application/eligibility.
Other Funding Sources
PSJD, formerly PSLawNet, (http://www.psjd.org) is a fantastic resource for all things public interest job-related, including ideas to fund your public interest job. All Temple Law students are eligible to register and use the site. Once inside, information about summer funding can be found in the Resource Center under “Funding and Debt”.
Questions? Please contact:
Law School Financial Aid Office Barrack Hall, Room 101 email@example.com 215-204-8943