Federal Work-Study Program

About the Program

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a form of financial aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet certain eligibility requirements. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (and possibly other financial aid documents required by UMUC) to determine your eligibility for FWS. Please note this will be our last academic year participating in the Federal Work-Study program.  The program will extend through June 2015 if funding permits.

What is a Federal Work-Study Job?

UMUC may offer you aid from the Federal Work-Study Program if you are an undergraduate or graduate student. This program gives you the opportunity to earn money by working part-time during the school year and possibly during the summer months if funding remains. It is an excellent way to earn money to meet educational expenses while gaining valuable work experience.

Salary and Earnings

The salary for all Federal Work Study (FWS) students is $12.00.

If you accept FWS as part of your aid package, please remember that you cannot earn more than the total award shown on your Financial Aid Notification. The money you earn is not included as student income when you apply for financial aid for the next year. Earnings from the FWS Program are subject to all applicable federal, state and local taxes.

Unlike grants and loans, your FWS eligibility does not defer payments of tuition and fees and other university charges. Instead, you receive bi-weekly paychecks as you work. You can use your earnings toward day-to-day educational and living expenses, or you can save your earnings made during the fall term toward tuition and fee expenses for the spring term. You only can work a maximum of 15 hours per week during the academic year. On average, students who accept their awards earn a maximum of $2,500 for the year.

Eligibility and Application

We are not currently accepting applications for the work-study program. Should additional placements become available, the application will be made available to students.

What's Next?

You will be notified of your eligibility by e-mail within five business days of submitting your application. If you are determined eligible, we will begin forwarding your resume to employers. An employer will contact you directly if he/she is interested in scheduling an interview with you for open positions.

If the employer decides to hire you, he/she will notify you and the Federal Work-Study department. After being contacted by the employer, the FWS department will begin the hiring process. An e-mail will be sent to you and your supervisor advising you of your hire date. We will also send any additional documents that you must submit before you can begin working.

You will work with your supervisor to develop your work schedule after the official start date.

Types of FWS Jobs

Students may work in various jobs as described below:

Accounting—Positions involve accounting and/or bookkeeping tasks to support accounts payable/receivable, payroll, and timekeeping, auditing and other accounting functions.

Computers/IT—Positions related to computer operations, Web design, hardware/software maintenance, or technical support.

Office/Clerical—Positions involving general office work such as data entry, copying, sorting, filing, answering phones, faxing, word processing, greeting students/visitors, running errands, and/or preparing bulk mailings.

Human Resources—Positions related to human resource functions such as hiring paperwork, recruiting and other clerical duties.

Tutoring/Mentoring—Positions involve providing individual/group instruction to children and/or adults in 1 or more topics.


This is a list of Federal Work-Study (FWS) forms below:

Additional Information

If you need assistance with resume writing or interview tips, please visit our Career Services Web site:

View the Financial Aid Federal Work-Study Frequently Asked Questions