The Federal Work-Study Program increases students' opportunities to earn money by
working part-time during the school year (up to 20 hours per week) and full-time during
the summer months and school breaks.
The Federal Work-study (FWS) program allows eligible students to earn paychecks to
support their educational expenses by getting part-time jobs with Towson University
departments. This program helps increase FWS students’ job opportunities by providing
most of the funding that is used to pay their wages.
The typical award amounts (maximum earnings) are $1,800 per year. The hourly rate for on-campus employment varies depending on the type of work involved.
Most jobs start at minimum wage ($9.25). Jobs are available on and off campus.
The university receives an annual budget of FWS funds from the federal government
and offers the available funds to students who demonstrate higher levels of financial
need. Students without FWS awards may still pursue many other part-time job opportunities
both on and off-campus.
- You must meet the federal general Eligibility Requirements.
- Does this aid program require a financial need? Yes.
- You must enroll at least half-time for each semester.
- FWS awards cannot be used to defer payments on your university bill.
- Instead, FWS employees receive biweekly paychecks for their hours worked, and can
spend those earnings on their living and other educational expenses.
- Work hours are scheduled around your class times.
- Most FWS jobs are on-campus.
- Two campus employers offer opportunities to work as tutors to local elementary or
middle school students. These tutoring positions also give students the satisfaction
of helping students in our community.
- FWS students tend to be more academically successful because of their additional links
to the University.
- When you reapply for financial aid, the FAFSA formula excludes your FWS earnings,
and FWS earnings are exempt from FICA deductions if you are enrolled in at least 6
- To earn FWS funds, you must work for a Towson University department.
- For each academic year, your total FWS job earnings cannot exceed the FWS award amount
listed on your financial aid notification.
- You can work up to 20 hours per week during the school year and may be able to work
full-time during the summer and school breaks if you have enough remaining FWS funds
to pay the extra hours.
- Earnings from the FWS program are subject to all applicable federal, state and local
- If you do not have a FWS job by the end of the third week of the spring term, your
FWS offer may be canceled.
- If FWS utilization rates exceed available funding, TU reserves the right to limit
new FWS hiring on a first hired basis.
Applying for FWS Jobs
- To apply for FWS funds, you must submit a FAFSA by TU’s priority Deadline and must demonstrate financial need.
- Funding is limited. If we are able to offer you funds, the federal work-study offer
will be listed on Your Award Notification.
- Before you can pursue an FWS job, you must first complete all the steps in the Undergraduate Student Instructions or the Graduate Student Instructions for accepting aid.
- Next, follow the Career Center's Handshake system instructions to search the work-study job listings.
The university also encourages students to consider earning their FWS funds by working
as an off-campus tutor in local elementary school. For more information, see the TUTORS program.
- Also, see the Career Center's Work-Study FAQ page.