Federal Work Study (FWS) Income Reporting Directions for FAFSA

FWS EARNINGS MUST BE REPORTED AT LEAST TWICE ON THE FAFSA

Reporting Instructions for the 2016-2017 FAFSA

Earnings from FWS are reported as income on the financial aid application as part of your Adjusted Gross Income and/or earned income.  Review your Student Aid Report and make certain you have entered all of your 2015 FWS income for the 2015 tax year (January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015) on the appropriate lines.

1. Reporting FWS as income

  • If you have filed or will file a 2015 tax return, your FWS earnings are reported on the tax return and it becomes part of your Adjusted Gross Income.  You will also need to include your FWS earnings where it asks on the FAFSA, "How much did you (and your spouse) earn from working in 2015."
  • If you will not file a 2015 tax return, you still need to enter your FWS earnings where it asks on the FAFSA, "How much did you (and your spouse) earn from working in 2015."

2. Reporting FWS as need-based employment

FWS income (by itself) must be reported again on the FAFSA where it asks to enter an amount for "Taxable earnings from need-based employment programs, such as Federal Work-Study and need-based employment portions of fellowships and assistantships."

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.

By following these steps, your FWS earnings will not be included in the financial need calculation used to determine the amount of aid you may be eligible for in the 2016-2017 academic year.


Reporting Instructions for the 2015-2016 FAFSA

Earnings from FWS are reported as income on the financial aid application as part of your Adjusted Gross Income and/or earned income.  Review your Student Aid Report and make certain you have entered all of your 2014 FWS income for the 2014 tax year (January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014) on the appropriate lines.

1. Reporting FWS as income

  • If you have filed or will file a 2014 tax return, your FWS earnings are reported on the tax return and it becomes part of your Adjusted Gross Income.  You will also need to include your FWS earnings where it asks on the FAFSA, "How much did you (and your spouse) earn from working (wages, salaries, tips, etc.) in 2014."
  • If you will not file a 2014 tax return, you still need to enter your FWS earnings where it asks on the FAFSA, "How much did you (and your spouse) earn from working (wages, salaries, tips, etc.) in 2014."

2. Reporting FWS as need-based employment

FWS income (by itself) must be reported again on the FAFSA where it asks to enter an amount for "Taxable earnings from need-based employment programs, such as Federal Work-Study and need-based employment portions of fellowships and assistantships."

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.

By following these steps, your FWS earnings will not be included in the financial need calculation used to determine the amount of aid you may be eligible for in the 2015-2016 academic year.


Rev. 1/2016