1. What is FWS?

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

2. Can I have more than one FWS job?

No, at CUNY you can only have one FWS job.

3. How can I participate in the FWS program?

FWS is an employment program based on the FAFSA. It is awarded to some, but not all, financial aid recipients. It will appear with your award package if you are eligible.

4. When can I start working under the FWS program?

All students must complete a Federal Work Study Program Student/Employer Acknowledgements Form and other required documents in order to begin working. Make sure to follow the guidelines provided by your college FWS Department in the Financial Aid Office.

5. How many credits do I have to take?

In order to be eligible to participate in the FWS program, you must register for and maintain an enrollment status of half-time (6 credits or equated credits) or greater. If, for any reason, your course load falls below half-time, you can no longer participate in the program and must stop working.

6. Do I have to stop working if I withdraw from school?

Yes. If you withdraw from school for any reason, you lose your eligibility for FWS and must stop working.

7. When should I expect my Federal Work-Study payment?

FWS payments are processed on a bi-weekly schedule. Please follow the established FWS Payroll Schedule for work periods, deadlines, and issue dates.

8. Will the money I earn through FWS be credited towards my bill?

FWS funds are not credited towards your bill. Instead you will receive a bi-weekly check or electronic payment based on your hourly pay. Some students then choose to use their earnings to make payments on their bill, purchase books, meals, or cover day-to-day expenses.

9. If I can’t earn my entire award, can I still get the rest of the money?

No. You can be paid only for the hours you have worked. If you cannot earn your entire FWS award before the end of the academic year, the unearned portion of your award is returned to the program.

10. Will I be paid hourly or salary?

The FWS program pays students on an hourly basis. Your Federal Work Study Program Student/Employer Acknowledgements Form will indicate your hourly rate.

11. Where can I see information about my FWS payments?

Active FWS students may view their FWS payment information by navigating to CUNYfirst Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation > View Work Study Paycheck.

 

12. What can I do if I have not received my FWS check?

If you have not received your FWS check, you can inquire with the FWS Department in the Financial Aid Office.
We encourage all students to sign up for electronic payment methods such as Direct Deposit or the CUNY Scholar Card.

13. Can I get my FWS payments electronically?

Yes, CUNY strongly recommends that students eligible for a FWS payment sign up for an electronic payment method such as Direct Deposit to their personal bank account or the CUNY Scholar Card which is a Money Network pre-paid card. Click here to learn more.

14. Where are my FWS payments mailed to?

FWS checks for students who have not signed up for electronic payment methods are sent to the student’s home address. To verify this address, students should log in to CUNYfirst Self -Service > Personal Information:

15. Will I be issued a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement for my FWS job?

Yes, a Form W-2 will be issued to you, reporting your annual FWS earnings for the tax year.

16. Where will my Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement be mailed?

It will be sent to your mailing address. You can review or modify your mailing address directly on CUNYfirst Self-Service. To verify this address, students should log in to CUNYfirst Self -Service > Personal Information:

17. When will my Form W-2 be available?

The Form W-2 will be available on CUNYfirst Self-Service or sent to your mailing address by the IRS deadline, January 31st.

18. What is a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement?

The IRS requires employers to report wage and salary information for employees on Form W-2. Your Form W-2 also reports the amount of federal, state and other taxes withheld from your paycheck. As a FWS employee, the information on your Form W-2 is important when preparing your tax return.

19. What is a Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement?

A Form W-2c is a corrected Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.

20. Can CUNY advise me on how Form W-2 affects my tax filing?

CUNY cannot advise students or their parents on the preparation of their tax return. Please contact the IRS or your tax professional for guidance.

21. What does it mean to grant consent to receive an electronic Form W-2?

By consenting to receive an electronic Form W-2, you will be able to view, print and save your Federal Work-Study Form W-2 as soon as it is produced. You will not have to wait for a paper Form W-2 in the mail.

22. How can I grant consent to start receiving an electronic Form W-2?

Visit CUNYfirst Self-Service (Self-Service -> Payroll and Compensation -> View W-2/W-2c Consent) and click the check box to consent. You will receive an email when your Form W-2 is available.

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23. What happens if I do not grant consent to receive electronic Form W-2?

Students who do not select the electronic option will receive a paper Form W-2 sent to the mailing address listed on CUNYfirst Self-Service.

24. How will I be informed that my electronic Form W-2 is available?

CUNY will send you an email to your preferred email address notifying you that the form is available. You can manage your email addresses on CUNYfirst Self-Service.

25. What is the deadline to grant consent to receive an electronic 2016 Form W-2?

You have until January 15th to provide your consent. You will automatically receive a Form W-2 in the mail if you do not enroll in electronic Form W-2 by this date.

26. When will my Form W-2 be available?

The Form W-2 will be available on CUNYfirst Self-Service or sent to your mailing address by the IRS deadline, January 31st.

27. How can I opt out of electronic Form W-2s?

You can navigate to Self-Service -> Payroll and Compensation -> View W-2/W-2c Consent and click the check box to withdraw your consent. You will receive future Form W-2s via USPS at your mailing address.

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28. If I consented to receive electronic Form W-2s, how can I print the form?

Your Form W-2 may be accessed, downloaded, and printed on any hardware device that can open, read and print Adobe PDF documents. For your convenience, the college provides students with computers on campus with the necessary hardware and software. Ensure that you have the latest update of Adobe.

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29. Who do I contact for questions about withdrawing my consent to receiving electronic Form W-2?

Click here to view a list of contacts by college.