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Summer FWS Application

The 2020 summer employment term is Thursday, May 21, 2020 through Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Federal Work Study (FWS) awarded in your financial aid package during the academic year does not carry over into the summer employment term. As such, you would need to separately apply for Federal Work Study for the summer.

In order to qualify for Summer Federal Work Study, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have secured a paid position for Summer 2020;
  • You have submitted a FAFSA application for the 2020-2021 academic year demonstrating federal financial need;
  • You intend to register full time for Fall 2020;
  • You were registered full time for Spring 2020; and
  • You are not enrolled in 6 or more credits for Summer Session Course credits at the time of employment.

Undergraduate students who earn FWS during Summer 2020, must bring back 50% of their gross earnings to put toward their educational expenses for the 2020-21 award year. This will be reflected as Estimated Summer FWS Earnings on your award. In the event that your job related expenses are greater than 50% of your gross earnings you may notify us of your situation and provide documentation of expenses through our Undergraduate Student Appeal Form. Job-related expenses are costs you incurred because of your employment. Examples of these expenses include uniforms and transportation to and from work. We will review your information and notify you of any adjustments made.

Please see the information below regarding how to apply, based on your intended place of summer employment.

On Campus Employer:

If you are working in a paid position for Cornell University and you will not be enrolled in 6 or more Summer Session Course credits at the time of employment, you will complete the Summer Federal Work Study Application. If you will be enrolled in 6 or more credits, you will need to complete the Summer Session Aid Application.

Community Work-Study Program:

If your potential employer is a non-profit community service agency in Ithaca or close proximity to Ithaca, you must first complete the Summer Federal Work Study Application. Once the FWS award has been received, contact your employing agency and the Community Work Study Program Coordinator at to start the hiring process. You can learn more about the Community Work Study Program through the Cornell Public Service Center.

Off Campus Employer:

If you would like to work with an off-campus employer, you must work with the employer to create an internship experience and complete a Design Your Own (DYO) Internship application. Employers must be in the 50 US states, but can be non-profits (outside of Tompkins County), or small for-profit companies. Information and applications are available online through the Cornell Career Services (DYO) Summer Internship Program Page.

New York City Public Service Corps:

If you wish to work for the New York City Public Service Corps, you must complete the agency application. Information and applications are available online through the Cornell Career Services NYC Public Service Corps Page.