Federal Work-Study (FWS) is real, on-the-job training and is a way to obtain important pre-graduation work experience. Expect to treat your Work-Study job as a professional position—it's a great opportunity to develop skills, network in your field, and build a solid reference for future employment. Work-Study students are vital to the University's daily operations and are a valued part of our workforce.
Work-Study is an employment opportunity program for students who have demonstrated financial need. Unlike other financial aid awards, Work-Study is paid to students in the form of a paycheck for hours worked. It's important to know that a Work-Study award is a potential to earn funds and not a guarantee that you will earn the entire amount awarded. Students must find a job through UBalt works to be awarded FWS, accept the FWS award on myUB, and work hours to earn the award.
Students may only work ONE position at a time when using FWS.
Click here to download a copy of the Federal Work-Study Student Manual for additional information or scroll down to our FAQ's.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become eligible for Federal Work Study (FWS)?
You must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for FWS. FWS is a need-based program, so not all students qualify.
How do I find a job, and what kinds of jobs are available?
Available jobs are listed on UBalt works in your MyUB Portal. Contact the employing department or outside agency when you find a job that matches your interests and skills. Once you have been hired, your new supervisor will complete all paperwork.
What do I need in order to apply?
To apply for federal work study funding, you must have secured a position and should contact the Office of Financial Aid by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must also be currently enrolled at least half-time, which is six credits for most semesters. To work during the summer, you must be attending at least half-time (six credits) for the upcoming fall semester.
If I don't qualify for work-study, what are my options?
There are many other part-time and full-time job listings available through UBalt works. Midtown Baltimore has many local businesses and restaurants that are always looking to hire students.
How many hours a week do we work?
Students with Work-Study positions typically work anywhere from 10-12 hours a week. Students may not work more than 20 hours per week total.
How much do we get paid?
The pay rate for Work-Study positions is based on the responsibilities of the job, but pay ranges from $12.50-$13.00 an hour. A Federal Work-Study award is the amount a student may earn during the academic year. The funds are not credited to the student's tuition bill, instead students will receive a paycheck on a biweekly basis.