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Employer Work Study Information & Resources

The Financial Aid Office offers federal and state work study awards annually, beginning in mid-July of each year. Summer awards are made separately in late April/early May. Students accept the awards online from their MyU Portal.

Work study awards are made for the academic year to continuing students who file their FAFSA early and have work study earnings in the previous year.  Most eligible freshmen will receive an award.  A Work Study Wait List is available for students who are eligible but did not receive an award. Students can contact One Stop Student Services to determine their eligibility for the Wait List. Summer work study awards are made to students who worked during the academic year and are enrolled at least half-time for the summer term.

System-Wide Policy Change: Earnings during the fiscal year cross-over pay period are not eligible for work study reimbursement (pay period 2 for summer 2015). The payroll job will no longer distribute work study reimbursements after the Upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.2. Retro-reimbursements also will not be made for this cross-over pay period.  Students can work during this time if the unit/department wishes to pay 100% of the student’s earnings.

Follow the information below to ensure you receive work study reimbursement when hiring new student employees and when student employees return for a new work study award period.

Work Study Award Period Changes: The work study award period starting spring term 2016, has been changed to coincide with the end of the last full pay period in the term. The work study referral forms have been updated to reflect the new date ranges for the academic year and the summer term. Please plan accordingly with your student employees if the work study reimbursement is a requirement for their employment in your department.

Confirm Student Work Study Eligibility

PS Human Resources 9.2 > Main Menu > UM Work Study > UM WS Award Placement

  • Confirm the award is accepted
  • Confirm the award amount
  • View other jobs placed to the award

The Work Study Award Confirmation email is no longer required, however, the unit/department may still request a copy from the student.

If you do not see an award the student may not have accepted it or they do not have an award for the current award period. The student should contact One Stop Student Services to see if they are eligible and if funds are available.

Complete the Work Study Referral Form and Student Personnel Action Form

  • Complete the Work Study Referral Form for each student, including returning students employed in the Unit/Department.
  • Complete the Student Personnel Action Form per HR & EO instructions.
  • Submit the completed Work Study Referral Form and the Student Personnel Action Form to UMD HR & EO, 255 DAdB

The revised Work Study Referral Form will help departments gather information for students who choose to split their award with multiple departments. To split a work study award between multiple employers or positions within the same department, the student and the employing units/departments must agree how much funding is needed for each position. The Work Study Referral Form must be signed by all units/departments using the award.

How to Monitor/Reconcile Work Study Awards

Units/Departments should check their work study reimbursements each pay period. The following reports may be helpful.

Go to PS Human Resources 9.2 > Main Menu > UM Work Study > UM WS Award Placement. Click on second tab UM WS Awd Job Dtl. This page shows itemized pay periods in which work study funding was applied to the award. The unit/department received work study reimbursement for theses pay periods.

MyU Reporting Center:
Employed Students with Maxed Work Study Awards and Unmet Need Displays students who have used up their work study awards, but may still have eligibility to increase their award amount according to the parameters used by the Financial Aid office. This report requires access to private student data.

Work Study Reimbursement
Displays students paid on work study budgets with a summary of pay and adjustments for the account. Calculates the percent of reimbursement received and displays the expected percent reimbursement based on the item type. This report requires access to private student data.

Payroll Transactions
Displays salary, fringe, historical salary adjustments (HSAs) and college work study transactions for the current and previous two fiscal years for either one emplid or transaction number. NOTE: Be sure to check the box for Include Adjustments before submitting request.

Account Budget Status for Current Non-Sponsored Funds
Provides a budget status report by selected chartfields for current non-sponsored funds. If needed, there is the option to include agency, and/or plant funds in the report. The report provides summarized approved budget and budget activity, by account, for the selected chartfield combinations.

Missing a Work Study Reimbursement?

If the work study reimbursement was not received, verify the award is placed to your department’s job record so future payrolls are credited the work study reimbursement. Due to federal/state funding, the Financial Aid office cannot guarantee reimbursement requests that are past 60 days.

To collect work study reimbursements from previous pay periods, check available work study balance (see PeopleSoft section above), then request a retro distribution be done in the Financial Aid office. To make the request, use your x.500 to complete the Retro Distribution Request form.

Information and Resources

Student employment forms and policies are located on the UMD HR & EO Student Employment page under

Online information for students about Work Study.

In person help for students is available at One Stop Student Services, 23 Solon Campus Center.