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Tutoring Programs - Instructional Student Assistant (ISA)

The Instructional Student Assistant (ISA) Program provides an opportunity for students to earn a portion of their college expenses through part-time employment. ISA's provide tutoring to children Kindergarten-6th grade in reading and Kindergarten-9th grade in math.  ISA’s may also participate in our family literacy program. ISA's will be placed in local school districts and tutorial agencies.

An ISAs beginning hourly rate is $16.00 per hour effective 1/1/2022, and may work up to 20 hours per week. ISAs can gain valuable experience and skills to improve their resume. As a participant, students will also have an opportunity to connect with their off-campus community. Students interested in a paid Federal Work-Study (FWS) job as a reading or math tutor may complete an application for the ISA programs at: Program Application

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify selected students if they are accepted to the program. Participants are required to enroll in ESEC 5450 class at CSUSB for the reading and math tutor programs. ESEC 5450 provides tutor training for ISAs to work with low literacy and at risk adolescents in reading and math. Topics include literacy methods, multicultural issues, learning disabilities, and use of educational software.

Employment with a school district or tutorial agency requires the ISA to pass a criminal background check that includes a Livescan, drug screen and TB test. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships  will add an Institutional Grant to cover this expense. 

Hiring Instructions for Instructional Student Assistant (ISA) Placement

Students must be awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS).

Step 1:   Students are required to complete and pass the online training prior to completing the hiring process. Register for the training on the Staff Development Center’s website, found under the ‘Workforce Readiness’ section of the Following Webpage.

Step 2: A list of the participating school districts and tutorial agencies will be provided during the first class meeting

Step 3: Contact a school district or tutorial agency to arrange an interview. 

Step 4:  The employer will initiate the request to hire a FWS-ISA student

Step 5: The student will receive the hiring forms via adobe sign to begin the hiring process.  Students will need to provide the names and emails of their supervisor and administrator to complete the process.  The hiring forms include the following:

  • FWS Work-Authorization
  • FWS Terms of Employment
  • FWS Routing Slip
  • ISA Contract Letter
  • Description of Duties Form

The FWS hiring forms will be forward to the supervisor and administrator for approval.  Students will receive a copy of the FWS Routing Slip that will serve as confirmation that the hiring process has been completed.  Students may not begin working until they receive the stamped routing slip from Student Employment.

New FWS hires will be contacted by Student Employment to submit additional hiring forms to confirm their eligibility to work.

  • Un-laminated social security card
  • State driver's license, ID or Coyote One Card
  • Confidentiality Access and Compliance Form