Work-Study Tutoring Opportunities


August 7, 2015

Dear Financial Aid Recipient:

We would like to introduce you to two exciting opportunities available to MSU students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) for 2015 – 2016.

As a FWS recipient for 2015-2016, you may apply to be a part of one of the two tutoring initiatives in which MSU participates. 

America Reads”, now entering its nineteenth year, is a program that allows college students to use their Federal Work-study to work with teachers in the Lansing -area community to help ensure that every child can read well and independently.  MSU’s years in the program have been very successful, and we are excited about the opportunities with America Reads for 2015-2016.

America Counts”, begun in 1999-2000, is a program designed to allow college students to use their FWS to work with teachers in community schools to improve mathematics achievement for lower and upper elementary, and middle school students. Tutors provide both remedial and accelerated math support in a variety of school settings

America Reads and America Counts tutors work with children and youth from diverse socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds.  Respect for diversity is an essential qualification.  Prior tutoring experience is helpful, but not required.  On-campus and in-school training will be provided for all aspects of “America Reads” and “America Counts” tutoring.  All work-study eligible students receiving this letter are most welcome and encouraged to apply.  Traditionally, America Reads and America Counts tutoring positions have been underutilized by male students of color, and unique program opportunities exist.  Therefore, these students are also encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in becoming an “America Reads” or “America Counts” tutor, working with preschool, grade school or middle school children in Lansing schools, you must meet the following requirements:


  • Have a minimum of eight hours per week available to tutor between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm Monday through Friday. Tutors are expected to work 8-12 hours per week.


  • Commit to work both fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.


  • Be enrolled for classes at least half time both semesters.


  • Be Work-study eligible.


  • Agree to and pass a MI State Police background check.


  • Attend one of the America Reads/ America Counts New Hires Orientation Meetings to be held in September on campus.  Only students who attend one of these orientations will be hired.   All interested and FWS-eligible students who attend an orientation and who successfully clear the MI State Police Background check will be hired. 


New Hire Orientation Meeting days and times appear below.  Please choose one.


  • September 7th       3:00 – 4:00p.m.                 138 Brody Hall
  • September 9th       11:00 – 12:00p.m.             136 Brody Hall
  • September 12th     10:00 – 11:00a.m.             G 011 Holden Hall

  • Register to attend one of the New Hires Orientation Meetings by calling Kelly Malloy at (517) 353-3897, or email your information to: .  Provide your name, local phone number, email address, MSU ID number, and the date and time of the meeting you plan to attend.
  • Bring a valid driver’s license or other state/government issued identification card and Social Security card to the meeting to verify your identity and eligibility.


  • Bring a black or dark blue ink pen to the meeting for completion of paperwork.


  • Attend an America Reads/America Counts on-campus training session to be held the week following orientation. The date and time of the training will be announced at the orientations.

Questions or concerns about the MSU “America Reads” or “America Counts” programs, may be addressed by contacting Kelly Malloy, Office Manager, in the MSU CSLCE Office at (517) 353-3897 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or email Kelly Malloy at:

We are looking forward to seeing you when fall semester begins!

Need tutoring resources? MSU's American Reads chapter is now a proud member of SCALE (which stands for  “Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education"). As a result of this partnership, MSU America Reads tutors are now able to access to a plethora of SCALE's free literacy resources. 

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