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Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study Program at Salisbury University

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) increases students' opportunities to earn money by working part-time during the school year (5-10 hours per week).

FWS program allows eligible students to earn paychecks to help support their educational expenses by getting part-time jobs with Salisbury University departments. This program helps create additional job opportunities for FWS students by providing federal funding that is used to pay their wages.

FWS funds are limited and require financial need from FAFSA. If your financial aid award notification includes a FWS award, then you are eligible to pursue FWS jobs. Your total earnings cannot exceed your FWS award amount, and your actual earnings will depend on your hours worked and your hourly wage.

The hourly rate for on-campus employment will be at least the current Maryland minimum wage ($15.00).

Eligibility Requirements for Federal Work-Study

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 first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at
  • You must meet general eligibility requirements which include: Official FAFSA for current aid year (verification must be completed if required)
  • You must have financial need from FAFSA
  • You must enroll at least half-time (six credits or more) for each semester
  • You must accept your federal work study if you wish to pursue a position
  • You must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and be a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • After accepting your FWS offer, scroll down to the Federal Work-Study Jobs dropdown to see current openings.

Why choose Federal Work–Study?

There are many benefits:

  • Income: Extra money for things you want and need.
  • Opportunity: Although you are not guaranteed a job if you are awarded Work–Study, you are much more likely to be hired if you have Work–Study eligibility. In addition, your job will be close to where you study.
  • Student–Friendly Schedule: Your employer knows your first priority is as a college student. Employers try to be as flexible as possible in scheduling work hours around your class schedule.
  • Future Financial Aid Eligibility: As a financial aid need-based program, Work–Study income (although taxable) does not affect your future financial aid eligibility in the next tax year.
  • Work Experience: Students who have job experience and who have worked while attending school are more attractive to future employers. Your supervisor may become an excellent reference.
  • Academic Success: Campus research has shown that Work–Study students connect with the campus community, learn about resources available to students, and establish stronger relationships with faculty and staff. This correlates with the fact that students with Work–Study jobs are more likely to stay in school, perform better academically, and graduate.

If you decide not to use your Work–Study award, there is no effect on your grant aid. If you have not been awarded your maximum loan amount, you could qualify for more loan money. If you wish to cancel your Work-Study award and request remaining loan eligibility please contact the Office of Financial &amp Scholarships.

To review FWS frequently asked questions FWS FAQ's

Federal Work-Study Jobs

You must have a Federal Work-Study offer to apply for the jobs listed on this page. Students must accept their FWS offer online through GullNet. Please review the FWS Student Handbook for more information.

Employers interested in having their jobs listed or updated on this page must contact the Financial Aid Office directly.

Last Updated: 4/25/2024


    How to apply:

Federal Work-Study Employment Forms

Forms Completed Between Supervisor and FWS Student