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Become a Tutor

There are five easy steps to becoming a tutor!

STEP ONE: Complete a DC Reads application online.

  • The application is located on our EngageNet portal! Go to → Life @ AU → EngageNet to apply.
  • Fill out the interest profile and new student application.

STEP TWO: Submit negative TB test results to the Center for Community Engagement and Service. Some sites also require tutors to submit a DC Public Schools background check.

  • TB tests are available at the Health Center on campus. You can register online for an appointment via the Health Portal.
  • Tutors will be notified at their interview if they require a background check.

STEP THREE: Sign up for an interview with a DC Reads staff member by calling (202) 885-7311.

  • At the end of the interview we will place you at a site according to your preferences.
  • For information on the different tutoring sites go here.

STEP FOUR: Federal Work Study only - Complete hiring paperwork with DC Reads office staff.

  • I-9
  • Tax forms
  • Direct Deposit
STEP FIVE: Attend a DC Reads Training.
  • Training will be held from 9am-4pm (for FWS) and 10am-4pm (for volunteers).

Once you have completed the above five steps you are able to begin tutoring at your designated site!

For questions about the application process, eligibility, or summer hours, please visit the DC Reads Facts and Questions page.

Any questions can be addressed via email to or by phone at (202) 885-7378.