Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a type of financial aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet certain eligibility requirements.


The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides an opportunity to be placed in a part-time job that will accommodate your academic schedule during the school year.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

If you are awarded FWS, you must work in an eligible work-study job, either on-campus or off-campus, in order to receive the money. Placement assistance for work-study jobs can be found at Student Financial Services. You must have a FAFSA on file and demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible for FWS.

FWS Requirements

All awarded Federal Work Study students must follow these criteria:

  • Have an FWS Award on CUNYfirst and must accept it
  • Registered for at least 6 credits
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanenet resident, refugee, or asylee
  • Must work at an FWS approved on-campus or off-campus worksite
  • Work no more than 20 hours per week.


Grade LevelPay Rate
Freshman$10.00 per hour
Sophomore$10.00 per hour
Junior$10.50 per hour
Senior$10.50 per hour

Off campus positions vary $8.75 - $10 per hour.

FWS Orientation

Work study students must attend orientation to begin working.

FWS Orientation

In order to begin work, eligible work study students must complete all of the following:

  1. You must accept your FWS award on CUNYfirst
  2. Attend one (1) FWS Orientation session.
  3. Registered for at least 6 credits in the Spring 16' semester.

SPRING 2016 Orientation

ThursdayJanuary 2110:00 AM1M07
MondayJanuary 253:00 PM1M07
ThursdayJanuary 2810:00 AM & 2:00 PM1M07
ThursdayFebruary 1112:00 PM1M07
TuesdayFebruary 2312:00 PM1M07

* You must attend only one (1) session.
If you attended a Summer 15 or Fall 15 Orientation, you do not need to attend another session till next Summer 2016.

Please arrive 15 mins early. You will not be allowed in any session if you arrive 10 minutes after the Hour.
Each Session is expected to last 2 hours.

Required Documents

Job Placement Procedure

Students must submit all documentation BEFORE working choosing a work site.

FWS Job Listings

What to do after Orientation

  1. Write down the contact information of the jobs you are interested in.
  2. Call and arrange an interview.
  3. Take your contract to the interview. If hired, get two (2) signatures for the contract.
  4. Return the signed contract AND I-9 form with IDs (original & copy) during the Drop Off times.
  5. Wait for your supervisor to call you to start working.
  6. If you cannot find a job, see Ms. Morrison in room 1M08.

Off Campus Job Information

All interested students must be approved by FWS Coordinator, Ms. Cheryl Morisson in order to work off-campus. Student must be advised that payment schedules are managed by Public Service Corp and should consult their supervisor.

PSC & America Reads

PSC Application

FWS Payroll Calender

2015 - 2016 Payroll Calendar for Federal Work Study.

FWS Payroll Calender - Read More…

Job Listings (On-campus)

Click here for available FWS jobs on-campus. Updated as of 3/12/13

Job Listings (On-campus) - Read More…

If You Missed the Fall FWS Orientation

If you missed the Fall FWS this is what you can do.

If you missed the Summer 15 and Fall 15 FWS orientation sessions you cannot work in the Spring 16 and must attend a session in Spring,
Look for the Spring 16 dates and plan accordingly.

Sorry no exceptions to the Federal Rules.

FWS Supervisors Only

Useful information for FWS Supervisors

FWS Supervisors

It is important that our students' employment experience is educationally enhancing. We ask that all supervisors keep the following in mind:

  • Supervisors must complete a Need Request Form every academic year
  • Students will contact you to schedule an interview.
  • Student will have a contract (with only FWS award money filled in) along with other papers you are required to sign.  If you want the student to work in your area, please sign the contract and give all documents to the student to hand in on the drop off dates. If the student is registered for 6 or more credits and is awarded money for FWS, I will have the contract returned (and completely filled in) with timesheets.  You will also receive an email stating that you can contact the student and have them start working.
  • Timesheets not submitted on the due date will be paid the following cycle for payment. Please see the FWS Payroll Calendar for deadlines. All cross outs or corrections, needs your initials. Only contract signers are authorized to sign timecards for employees. All these actions WILL DELAY students receiving their check.

Wages & Time Calculation

Supervisors are responsible for keeping track of FWS student employee's remaining time and funds. A sample FWS Timesheet Calculator has been created to assist supervisors tracking students time. Upon entering student information, the timesheet calculator will automatically calculate the students remaining work study hours and wages for the year. Supervisors are encouraged to use this calculation worksheet.

FWS Quick Reference Guide

Federal Work Study - Need Form (Supervisor Only)

This form is for supervisors who are interested in hiring a work study student for their department. On this form you may fill out the qualifications you would like the work study student to have.

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