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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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions click this link: https://www.cuny.edu/financial-aid/information-resources/frequently-asked-questions/work-study-questions/

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 making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee, or asylee
  • Must work at an FWS approved on-campus or off-campus worksite
  • Work no more than 20 hours per week.

TAX Return Document: W-2, Wage and Tax Statement

Your Federal Work-Study (FWS) Form W-2, Wage, and Tax Statement are available on CUNYfirst Self-Service at the beginning of the fiscal year.
You must grant consent to start receiving an electronic form W-2

To review, download, and print your Form W-2, log in to CUNYfirst (Campus Solution) at https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu. Navigate to (Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > View W-2/W-2c) and click the link to download your file.
For frequently asked questions about the Form W-2, visit http://www2.cuny.edu/financial-aid/tuition-and-college-costs/refunds/fws/.


Grade LevelPay Rate
Freshman$17.00 per hour
Sophomore$17.00 per hour
Junior$17.50 per hour
Senior$17.50 per hour

Off-campus salary varies per hour.

FWS Orientation - Online with Zoom

Work study students must attend orientation to begin working.

*Last day to submit FWS Contract for Fall semester is September 11, 2020.                              *First day to work for Spring 2021 is January 29, and the last day for graduates to work Spring is May 17, 2021.
* Working During Breaks:
All students may continue to work during these breaks as needed by supervisor.
* Winter Session -  December 21, 2020 up until January 26, 2021.
* Spring Recess  - April 8 to 16, 2021.
* Last day to work for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is May 22, 2021.

Deadline to accept your FWS Award is October 2, 2020. Unaccepted award will be deleted thereafter.

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 Fall 20' semester.
  4. Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Spring 2021 Online Orientation with ZOOM

WednesdayJanuary 13, 202112:00 NOONZoom Invitation
TuesdayJanuary 19, 20212:00 PMZoom Invitation
MondayJanuary 25, 202110:00 AMZoom Invitation
WednesdayFebruary 3, 202110:00 AMZoom Invitation
ThursdayFebruary 11, 202112:00 NOON
Zoom Invitation
Week DayMonth and Date, 2020TBATBA

* There is no FWS orientation scheduled for summer 2020 semester.
* You must attend only one (1) Fall or Spring orientation in order to work for the Fall or Spring semester.

Please log in 15 minutes early. You will not be allowed in any session if you arrive 10 minutes after the session starts. Each Session is expected to last 45 minutes.

Required Documents will be distributed during orientation sessions.

Job Placement Procedure

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

What to do after Orientation

  1. Write down the contact information on 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 with IDs (original and copy) to Ms. Morrison.
  5. Wait for your supervisor to call you to start working.
  6. If you cannot find a job, please see Ms. Morrison.

Off-Campus Job Information

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

Public Service Corps Info and Application

NYC DCAS Public Service Corps Information Flyer

NYC DCAS Public Service Corps Application

2019-2020 CUNY FWS Program & Policy Manual

Public Service Corps Info
The New York City Public Service Corps (PSC) is dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to serve their communities, build occupational skills, and learn about careers in the public sector.

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

FWS Payroll Calender
2020 - 2021 Payroll Calendar for Federal Work Study.

FWS Supervisors Only
Useful information for FWS Supervisors