Student Financial Aid

Important Dates

2017-2018 FWS Fall/Spring Work Period is August 20, 2017 - May 26, 2018

FWS Employer Page

General Overview

Employers welcome to the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program at the University of Maryland! The FWS program is a federally funded employment program that offers the university and other local organizations the opportunity to acquire free student services at little or no cost to the employer!  Employers assist students with building career skills and professionalism while gaining help in the office.  We encourage any University of Maryland department to apply and participate throughout the Fall/Spring and Summer terms. Non-University of Maryland departments are also encouraged to apply through a separate application process. Please visit our prospective employers link more details.

Building Young Professionals

FWS Employers are valued for the time and effort placed on helping students develop professionally.  For some students, FWS employment is their first real job. When employers offer effective training and supervision, students can learn time managing skills, build analytical and problem solving skills, and strengthen their communication.  Providing students with regular evaluation and feedback is also critical to their professional growth.  With your help, they can be great academic scholars and budding young professionals.

Benefits of Participating

Benefits of participating in the program include:

  • Free employees for most on-campus employers
    • Federal funds pay 75% for all employees
    • University of Maryland funds pays 25% for most employers except Auxiliary Service Units and Federal Government
  • Provide valuable professional skills to students
  • Receive eager, motivated employees to support departmental staff


For consideration to participate as an eligible FWS employer, you must:

  • Participate in the annual application process
  • Have a valid Participation Agreement on file
  • You may attend an orientation session to learn more about the program

FWS Student Statistics

  • 91.7% of returning students have chosen to stay with the same employer
    • 75% of those students have stayed with the same employer for four semesters or more
  • Only 36.67% of students reported that pay rate is a factor in their decision to stay with their employer
  • The top 2 reasons students cited for leaving a job are:
    • Not getting enough training/professional development opportunities
    • Job was not similar to his/her field of study
  • 96% of returning students prefer FWS employment to non-FWS employment because it offers flexible work scheduling
  • Only 76% of students felt that employers respond promptly to employment inquiries

How to Hire FWS Students

As an authorized FWS employer, you are responsible for recruiting and hiring eligible FWS students using traditional hiring practices.  The FWS website serves as the primary recruitment tool but employers may use other means such as posting flyers, sending emails through departmental mailing lists or by attending job fairs hosted through the University Career Center.

General hiring guidelines include verifying FWS eligibility, requesting cover letter & resume, scheduling an interview with the student, and communicating your hiring decision in a timely manner.