Federal Work-Study (FWS)

The FWS personnel are working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. In order to provide you with the best service possible during these times, please contact FWS via email at fws@ccny.cuny.edu or leave a brief message at 212-650-6662. We will be checking email and phone messages and will respond to your inquiry as soon as we can.

The Federal Work-Study program provides the opportunity for a student to earn money by working in a City College office or at an off-campus location.

Work-Study is awarded to students with "financial need". Financial need is determined by the information reported on a student's FAFSA. The CUNY Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for assessing need and setting the parameters of how Federal funds allotted for this program are allocated.

2021-2022 Academic Year:

  • Information regarding Fall 2021 FWS will be emailed to FWS supervisors and students who received FWS offers for the 2021-2022 academic year via their official CCNY email addresses in a few weeks.
  • Full time CCNY-CUNY staff who are interested in becoming FWS supervisors can send an email to fws@ccny.cuny.edu .
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Students are required to pay the (FICA) FICA tax of 7.65% on FWS earnings under any of the following conditions:

  • during the summer if he/she is enrolled for less than 6 credits
  • during the intersession (winter) period
  • if he/she works at an off-campus job site.
Tax Forms

The required FWS tax forms and instructions are available to download and print via the CCNY Student Employment website: https://ccny.studentemployment.ngwebsolutions.com

Pay Rates: 2020-2021 Academic year


  • Undergraduates:     $17.00 per hour
  • Graduates:             $18.00 per hour


  • Rate will vary depending on New York State minimum wage and above.

Apply for FWS on-campus positions online at: CCNY Student Employment


Payroll Schedule

The FWS Payroll schedule is available for viewing at any time on the Student Employment website. Each payroll period is two weeks. FWS time sheets must be submitted by the deadlines listed on the payroll schedule to avoid a delay in payment.


If a student is unable to earn the full amount of their award during the Summer, he/she may work during the Fall 2021, Intersession 2021, or Spring 2022 semesters if the following conditions are met:

  • Have remaining FWS funds
  • He/she is registered for at least six (6) credits


For off-campus jobs at various organizations and companies, students will need to review the FWS off-campus job listings which are located in the Financial Aid Office, Administration Building, Room 104. Some of these positions will require a resume.


If students are interested in working through the Public Service Corps., a city agency that places FWS students in different city agencies, they must bring a résumé with them to the Financial Aid Office

The guidelines for the program are:

  • A student must be "placed" (hired), in a Federal Work-Study position before he/she can work and be paid.
  • Freshmen (1st-time college students) and transfer students, entering in the Fall cannot use their FWS award during the preceding Summer.
  • A student must be matriculated, in good academic standing, and not be in default of any student loans.
  • A student must be registered for at least 6 credits during the semester(s) they are working. This requirement only applies to the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer school enrollment is optional for students working during the summer. However, in order to work during the summer, students must be registered for 6 credits for Fall.
  • Students who wish to work on campus should apply for a position online at the CCNY Student Employment website, interview with their prospective supervisor, and then come to the Financial Aid Office to complete the Eligibility Screening Process. Any students interested in working off campus can view our office campus jobs in the Financial Aid Office.
  • Students should dress for the job interview on the day scheduled by the prospective supervisor.
  • Students should choose a FWS job site carefully. A student is expected to remain at the chosen job site for the entire period the contract is in effect.
  • Both supervisors and students are responsible for monitoring the total hours earned. Departments are responsible for paying students for hours worked beyond their award limits, before the first date of the approved contract and after the last day to work.
  • Students are not allowed to work from home and must be supervised by their FWS supervisor at all times.

After the eligibility screening has taken place, do not make any corrections to your Student Aid Report (SAR)/FAFSA application. If you make corrections, it may affect your Federal Work-Study (FWS) award. If you feel corrections are required, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

If you are receiving scholarships during the academic year, inform the Financial Aid Office of the amount of the scholarship(s) and the semester term(s) awarded. Scholarships may have an effect on your FWS award.

Last Updated: 08/17/2021 16:03