Follow these steps to join the program.  We accept new tutors at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

  • Step 1: Decide if you are eligible to be a tutor.

    You must have a Federal Work-Study (FWS) Award in your financial aid package or you must be willing to tutor on a volunteer basis.

     You must sign a background statement about criminal convictions and disciplinary findings.

     You must be able to commit to at least one session per week for an entire semester.

  • Step 2 (FWS new and returning tutors): Attend the campus employment fair and pick up work study forms.

    New tutors: Pick up your Federal Work Study (FWS) authorization form, I-9 form, and W-4 at the campus employment fair. You may bring the appropriate identification and turn in your I-9 form at this time, or you can turn it in at the Mandatory New Tutor meeting.

    Returning tutors: Pick up your Federal Work Study authorization form.

  • Step 3: Complete the DC Reads application.

    Go here to find the DC Reads application and other helpful forms.

    Complete Online Human Resources Training (Work-study students only)

    Online FERPA Training 

    Online Harassment Prevention Training 

    Online Compliance Awareness Training 

    Online Privacy and Information Security Training 

    VERY IMPORTANT! Please print out confirmation emails and turn in to the DC Reads Coordinator once you have completed. 

  • Step 4: Attend the DC Reads Mandatory Meeting and bring required paperwork.

    New FWS tutors: Bring your DC Reads application, Federal Work Study authorization form, I-9 form, and appropriate identification to turn in at the meeting (if you have not already done so).  

    Returning FWS tutors: Bring your DC Reads application and Federal Work Study authorization form to turn in at the meeting.

    Volunteer (both new and returning) tutors: Bring your DC Reads application to turn in at the meeting.

     **You must turn in a completed DC Reads application to be a tutor.

    **You are considered a volunteer tutor until you turn in your Federal Work Study paperwork.  Only when you have received a work-study authorization e-mail from Career Services, can you begin working for pay.

  • Step 5: Choose a schedule.

    A scheduling form is included in your application. Please fill it out and turn it in with your application. We do not guarantee anyone's first choice in scheduling. Scheduling is done on a first come, first served basis and returning tutors have first priority.

  • Step 6: Receive your tutoring schedule via email.

    Within 1-3 business days you will receive your confirmed tutoring schedule, along with an information sheet with important facts and contact information about your off campus tutoring site. This is your schedule for the rest of the semester.  If you need to make any changes, contact the Graduate Assistant for DC Reads at

    **Please note, changes can ONLY be made to your schedule if your tutoring time conflicts with class, sports practice, or other job.

  • Step 7: Attend training and orientation for your site(s).

    Once you're placed, you'll get an email with all your orientation information for your site. You can also check the Current Tutor page on our website or The Nest.

  • Step 8: Begin tutoring!

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