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 accept the award, find a job through UB works, and work hours to earn the award.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a job, and what kinds of jobs are available?
Available jobs are listed on UB 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. You will need to print a copy of your Work-Study award from MyUB to submit to your supervisor with your employment contract.
What do I need in order to apply?To apply for a Work-Study position, you must have an unused Work-Study award as part of your current Financial Aid Award listed on MyUB. You must also be currently enrolled at least half-time, which is six credits for the current semester. 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 UB 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 19.5 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 generally range from $8 - $12 per 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.