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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.

Federal Work-Study Frequently Asked 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). Navigate to (Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > View W-2/W-2c) and click the link to download your file.

W-2 Form frequently asked questions


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 an orientation to begin working.
Invites to FWS orientations will be emailed to students. Only awarded students, at present, are allowed to work. The cut-off date for awarding is August 5th, 2021.

  • July 31, 2021 - Last day to work Summer 2021.
  • August 25, 2021 - First fay to work Fall 2021 (Confirmation Email Required before starting).
  • December 21, 2021 - Last day to work Fall 2021.

  • Working During Breaks: All students may continue to work during these breaks as needed by the supervisor.
  • Winter Session -  December 27, 2021 to January 27, 2022.
  • January 28, 2022 - First day to work Spring 2022.
  • Spring Recess  - April 15 to April 22, 2022.
  • May 24, 2022 - Last day to work for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

The deadline to accept your FWS Award is October 1, 2021. The 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 21' semester.
  4. Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

 Fall 2021 Online Orientation with ZOOM

ThursdayAugust 12, 20212:00 pm
Zoom Invitation
MondayAugust 16, 202112:00 noonZoom Invitation
MondayAugust 30, 202110:00 amZoom Invitation
WednesdaySeptember 1, 20214:00 pmZoom Invitation
TuesdaySeptember 14 , 20215:00 pmZoom Invitation

* 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

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
2021 - 2022 Payroll Calendar for Federal Work Study.

FWS Supervisors Only
Useful information for FWS Supervisors

Supervisor Training
Federal Work Study On-Campus Supervisors Training