Frequently Asked Questions

Must I have a Federal Work-Study award to be a tutor?

Yes, to be a paid America Reads Tutor, you must have received a Federal Work Study award. There are no exceptions.

How do I get a Federal Work Study award? Students receive this award as part of their financial aid package through the Miami University.

To be eligible for a Federal Work Study award, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 513-529-8734 or

How do I become a tutor?

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, at the beginning of each semester students can apply here. For additional questions please email to for more information

What children do tutors work with?

Tutors work with students’ in Miami partnership schools in Talawanda, Middletown, Hamilton and Cincinnati. Students' ages range from Kindergarten to eighth grade. All students have been identified by their teachers as needing extra help in reading and or math. America Reads America Counts works exclusively with elementary school students.

How do tutors find classroom placements?

When a tutor first begins with America Read America Counts, he or she fills out a schedule request form, indicating all times that the tutor is willing and available to work, as well as the minimum and maximum hours desired each week. This schedule is then coordinated with requests from teachers. Grade and school preferences are also considered.

How many hours a week do tutors work?

Hours are flexible from as little as 5 to a maximum of 20 hours per week. All tutors, however, must keep a consistent schedule each week. Tutors must also complete mandatory training upon initial acceptance to the program.  Paid tutors: All paid tutors must work at least 5 hours per week.