Reporting FWS Earnings on the FAFSA
Take steps to ensure that 2012 calendar year Federal Work Study (FWS) earnings do not affect your eligibility for need-based financial aid next year. If reported correctly on your 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federal processor will exclude FWS earnings when calculating your ability to pay educational expenses.
Follow these instructions when you fill out the FAFSA to record your FWS properly:
- Determine your 2012 calendar year (i.e.; January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012) FWS earnings. You can find paycheck information through MyMadison (Click on the EMPLOYEE tab!) or on your W-2 form provided by the JMU Office of Payroll Services. Employers mail W-2 froms to the home address in mi to late January.
- Report ALL earnings from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 in the adjusted gross income (AGI) box of the FAFSA. Your AGI includes FWS earnings as well as any income from other jobs. (includes summer jobs)
- Another question on the FAFSA will ask you to report just your FWS earnings from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. The earnings you report here will not count toward determining your financial aid eligibility.
Note: If you had two or more jobs at JMU during the 2012 calendar year, please contact the Student Work Experience Center at 540-568-3269 or email at email@example.com to receive assistance with calculating your total FWS earnings.
If you have any questions, please contact the Student Employment office at 540-568-3269 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.