Federal Work-Study Income Reporting Directions for the 2013/2014 FAFSA
FWS EARNINGS MUST BE REPORTED AT LEAST TWICE ON THE FAFSA:
Earnings from Federal Work-Study are reported as income on the financial aid application as part of your Adjusted Gross Income and/or earned income. For example:
If you have filed or will file a 2012 tax return, your Federal Work-Study earnings are reported on the tax return and it becomes part of your Adjusted Gross Income.
If you will not file a 2012 tax return, you still need to report your Federal Work-Study earnings where it asks on the FAFSA, "How much did you (and your spouse) earn from working (wages, salaries, tips, etc.) in 2012."
FWS income (by itself) must be reported again on the FAFSA; where it asks you to provide "Taxable earnings from need-based employment programs, such as Federal Work-Study and need-based employment portions of fellowships and assistantships."
When reviewing your FAFSA Summary Report, make certain you have entered all of your 2012 FWS income for the 2012 calendar year (January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012), on the appropriate lines.
The directions above are based on a single person filing for financial aid. If you are married you must review this section to determine where to enter (include) your spouse's income as well.
If you follow these procedures, your FWS income will be subtracted from your total AGI earnings. Thus, your FWS earnings will not be included in the financial need calculation we use to determine the amount of aid you may be eligible for in the 2013/2014 Academic Year.