Financial Aid

America Reads Tutors

America Reads and America Counts

Many UMass Amherst students obtain work-study jobs with America Reads and America Counts, excellent community service programs administered by the Five Colleges. America Reads is a nationwide effort to bring together parents, teachers, community groups, college students, and business leaders to insure that all children read independently by the end of third grade. America Counts is a similar program that aims to help children master the fundamentals of mathematics.

Work-study students who take these positions work in area schools with professional teachers and educators, tutoring in small groups or one-on-one. America Reads tutors work with children in preschool through six grade and America Counts tutors focus on kindergarten through ninth grade.

If you do not have Federal Work-Study as part of your financial aid package, you can still be an America Reads or America Counts Tutor as a volunteer.

America Reads/Counts participants are provided with tutor training, which is required, and will be paid once you have secured a tutoring position using your Federal Work-Study.

Please note that a criminal background check (CORI), and/or additional training, may be required by the America Reads/Counts site before you begin work as either a paid or volunteer tutor.

Please visit the Five College America Reads site for more information about these programs.