Work Study

Federal Work-Study Employment, through federal government funding, provides eligible students the opportunity to work on or off campus and earn funds as an alternative to loan debt. 

For more information about Federal Work-Study Employment, click here.




For Students and Supervisors


Instructions on How to Electronically Write and Sign on Required Documents

Orientation and Forms

For Students

Please note, Federal Work-Study students can hold only one FWS position. (Students may also hold a non-work study position concurrently).

2020-2021 Employment Guidance - FWS Student Communication COVID-19 Response





New Hire Awarding/Employment:

Guidance will be forthcoming.



For new student employees, although you may have received a work-study award offer for the 2020-2021 academic year, at this time, the hiring of new hire employees is suspended. You are not eligible to submit the required new hire packet to be considered for employment. Additional guidance will be provided, via email, once decisions are made regarding employment for new hires and when forms will become available.






For Returning Employees/Renewal Students





UMB off campus federal work study jobs are only approved for the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Before accepting a job at an off campus site, please meet with a representative from UMB Student Employment Office.

  • Only students who are awarded FWS funds can participate in the FWS program.
  • Students must obtain an approved FWS Job prior to completing employment paperwork. Once hired, a FWS Job Certification form must be completed by the student and hiring supervisor. Please check SURFS for additional required employment documents after accepting your offered FWS award.
  • A new FWS student must complete a payroll packet before they begin to work.
         New hire employment documents cannot be electronically submitted or mailed due to the verification of your original I-9 verification documents.
         Renewal employment paperwork cannot be electronically submitted. Please mail or hand deliver to the Student Employment Office.*

    *(See COVID-19 Guidance)
  • Students will not receive their first paycheck for four to six weeks after all of the payroll documents listed below have been completed properly. Incorrect, incomplete, or missing payroll documents will delay the processing time.