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Federal Work Study Award

A Federal Work Study (FWS) award represents the maximum amount of earning students are allow to receive in an Academic Year from part time employment. This amount will be indicated on the students’ award letter. A FWS award represents a significant opportunity to earn funds in order to help students cover some education related expenses.

What you must do prior to be given a job?

Students who receive a FWS award must also accept it by following the steps below:

  • Log on to CUNYfirst
  • HR/Campus Solutions
  • Self Service
  • Student Center
  • Accept/Decline Awards
  • Select Aid Year (select 2014 for 2013-2014 and 2015 for 2014-2015)
  • On the Award Package page ACCEPT FEDERAL WORK STUDY FALL/SPRING
  • Submit
  • Confirm

Note: Students who decline their FWS award may request the Financial Aid Office to have it reinstated, however, it will depend on the availability of funds for the academic year.

Financial Aid Award Package

FWS funds are never distributed in a lump sum, nor can be paid for hours not actually worked.

FWS awards are made for, and must be earned in, a specific time period within the academic year (Summer/Fall/Spring). Any unearned amount is forfeited and cannot be carried over to the next academic year award.

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