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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I call about my paycheck?

Who do I contact about my lost check?

How can I be eligible for FWS?

When can I start working?

How many hours can I work/ Can I hold more than one job?

How much can I earn?

Are FWS earnings taxable?

Where do I pick up my check?

Where do I go to get employment information/verification?

 

 

Who can I call about my paycheck?

You can contact the Payroll office at hrpc@ucmerced.edu.

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Who can I contact about my lost check?

Contact UCPath at  855-982-7284 and ask for a replacement check. This could take 4-6 weeks to receive a new check.

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How can I be eligible for Federal Work Study?

To be considered for Work-Study, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet all the deadlines for supporting documentation. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority-filing deadline is March 2nd. Once the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office receives your FAFSA information, you will be evaluated for financial need and a financial aid package will be determined. This package may include Federal Work-Study. To initiate the eligibility process for Work-Study, you must first accept your Work-Study award on your student portal. You may then begin to review available on-campus and off-campus positions in Cat PAWS. Once hired, you and your hiring department must complete and submit your FWS Eligibility form. For any questions regarding federal work study please contact the financial aid office at finaid@ucmerced.edu.

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When can I start working?

You may start working after visiting the Center for Career and Professional Advancement and completing hire paperwork. You will be notified by HRPC within 10 business days to complete other hiring forms online and will be entered into the payroll system once this is accomplished which will allow you to report your hours to the online time reporting system (TRS) at https://uctrs.it.ucla.edu/

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How many hours can I work/ Can I hold more than one job?

You may work up to eighteen (18) hours per week while classes are in session and up to (40) hours per week during break. This limit applies to all your student employment positions if you have another non-FWS job.

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How much can I earn?

The Work-Study award listed on your Work-Study Eligibility form represents the maximum amount you may earn (Federal and employer contributions combined) under the work-study program during the academic year. If you work in an on-campus position, you may continue to work and earn more than you FWS award if your hiring department approves. However any earnings over the award will not be paid under the FWS program and will be charged to the on-campus department you are working for. Any portion of your award that remains unearned at the end of the academic year will be forfeited, as it cannot be transferred to a subsequent award period.

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Are FWS earnings taxable?

Work-Study earnings are considered taxable income. However, there are several factors determining the amount of your withholding, including the amount earned, marital status, and allowances claimed. Depending on how you complete your W-4 form (a document that you will complete with HRPC once your initial hre paperwork is completed with the Career Center) you may be able to opt for exemption from withholding.                                                      

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Where do I pick up my check?  

If you work on campus and do not have direct deposit, your checks will be mailed to the address on your new hire paperwork.  If you select direct deposit your checks will be directly deposited to your account bi-weekly.  If you work a Federal Work Study Job off campus and do not have direct deposit, your checks will be mailed to the address on your new hire paperwork.

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Where do I go to get employment information/verification?

You can check employment information/verification at: https://hr.ucmerced.edu/hrpc/employment-verification.

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