Welcome to the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) at the University of Maryland! FWS is a federally funded employment program available to both undergraduate and graduate students who exhibit financial need. The FWS Program is designed to assist students with meeting their educational and living expenses through part-time employment. New participants in the FWS program are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session. These orientations enhance student knowledge of FWS student expectations, how to contact employers, and how to earn your award. This year, the orientation session will also give you the opportunity to hear from and speak to past FWS student employees about their experiences in the FWS program. To find listings of orientation dates and locations, please see our Important Dates section.
Benefits of participating in the FWS Program include:
To be considered for FWS, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need. Funds are limited and not all students who apply and are eligible will receive a FWS award. In addition, you must:
It is your responsibility to find a job and work toward earning your FWS award. Students awarded with Federal Work-Study can begin searching for and securing a job accordingly:
|To start working:||Start job searching:|
|*Summer (*if offered)||*Early May|
Average work schedules range from 10 to 15 hours a week, with a maximum of 20 hours.
Follow these 10 easy steps to begin your employment and participation in the FWS Program:
A FWS award is not credited toward your tuition bill or received up front. The amount you earn depends on your hourly rate and how many hours you work. Students are paid directly through bi-weekly paychecks.
You do not have to apply for financial aid or be awarded with FWS to secure a job on-campus. For non-FWS part-time job listings, please contact the Career Center.