Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides jobs for students (first and second bachelor's degree or graduate students) who demonstrate financial need. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required; awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligibility to work in a Federal Work-Study position requires a Federal Work-Study award. Students who are hired by a department to work via Federal Work-Study must satisfy all general financial aid requirements before they will be eligible to work. Students selected for federal verification must submit all requested documents and be reviewed by the financial aid office before an authorization to work will be granted.
Regular Student Employment (RSE) allows on-campus employment for students who do not qualify for Federal Work-Study. Completion of the FAFSA is not required.
Graduate Assistantships are available for master’s or doctoral degree seeking students who may be placed in academic programs, administrative offices, external works sites, or other sites approved by the Graduate Dean or Associate Graduate Dean. Benefits for graduate, teaching and research assistants include a stipend and tuition waiver that vary according to the length of employment (months) and the number of hours worked per week (10 or 20). Learn more about graduate assistantships.
Internships provide students with short-term professional experiences related to their major or career goals. The work is performed in a professional environment under the guidance and supervision of a staff member with expertise in the student’s field of interest. Both paid and unpaid internships are available at on- and off-campus sites. Learn more about internships.
Both undergraduate and graduate students must be registered for at least six credits and in be good academic standing as defined by the current TU Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
How to Advertise
The Career Center encourages all on-campus employers to advertise their openings via Hire@TU , an online job and internship database accessible by all Towson University students. We also host an on-campus jobs fair every year, typically held in August or September. Please check our Calendar of Events page for updates.
Employment should not interfere with students’ educational goals. A normal work week is 10 to 20 hours, and 20 hours per week is the maximum students may work on campus. Students and employers generally coordinate the hours to be worked, and most jobs allow students to arrange their schedules around their classes. Students are not permitted to work during scheduled classes or exams.
Students may work more than one job; however, they are limited to working a total of 20 hours a week for all on-campus jobs.
Students should inform all supervisors that they work more than one, on-campus job. Working more than one FWS job usually means that the student will earn his/her FWS award sooner, depending on the number of hours he/she works and the total amount of the award. Both the student and the supervisor(s) will be notified when the student is close to earning the full award. If a student earns his/her full FWS award before the end of the year, each department will need to decide whether it can continue to employ the student as a regular student employee.
The minimum wage in Maryland is $7.25 per hour. A pay rate beyond the minimum wage is determined by the hiring department according to the nature and difficulty level of the job, usually in correspondence with the standard job classification system.
Policies are in place to address issues such as performance, conduct, student driving, fingerprinting and ending employment.
Student Employee Files
Each department maintains a personnel file for each student employee throughout the duration of employment and three years after employment ceases. Files will include the following information:
Student Employment Application
A copy of the current class schedule
A copy of the previous semester grades
A current copy of the 311T form and past 311T forms (if applicable)
Disciplinary actions (if applicable)
Copies of time sheets (in order to monitor FWS wages)
Documentation of compensation exceptions
Periodically, the Career Center will host student employee workshops on topics such as customer service, time management, diversity in the workplace and leadership. Please check the Professional Development & Training page for updates on student employee workshops.
Each year colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week, which typically is celebrated during the second full week of April. Please check the Calendar of Events page for updates!
The Career Center
7800 York Road Building, Suite 206 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call to schedule an appointment.
Express Hours Fall and Spring Semester: Monday – Thursday, 1 - 4 p.m. (No appointment needed for 15-minute consultation)