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Fee Waiver FAQ
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*Veterans Exam Fee Waiver Program FAQ*
1. How do I qualify for the one-time Veterans Exam Fee Waiver?
2. What forms of documentation are acceptable to qualify for the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver?
3. If I have qualified for a Veterans Exam Fee Waiver, do I qualify for Veteran’s Preference Credits?
4. If I have previously received Veteran’s Preference Credits, can I still use the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver?
5. I am still serving on active duty in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces; do I qualify for the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver?
*FAQ for Other Fee Waivers*
6. How do I qualify for a fee waiver?
7. Can my benefit card be used for Medicaid?
8. Can my WorkForce1 card be used to waive my application fee?
9. I do not live within the 5 boroughs of NYC, can I submit a copy of my out of state benefit card?
10. Why is my award letter not sufficient proof for my fee waiver to be waived?
11. Can I use my Unemployment Insurance Monetary Benefit Determination letter to have my fee waived?
12. If I am unemployed, but I am not currently receiving unemployment benefits, would I be eligible for a fee waiver?
13. Can I submit my benefit card if I am receiving full benefits?
14. Why isn’t my benefit card acceptable when I do receive Medicaid and I use my card?
15. If I only have an active public assistance case, do I also qualify for a fee waiver?
16. If my public/cash assistance case is pending, am I eligible to have my fee waived?
17. What are the acceptable forms of documentation for the various types of fee waivers?
1. How do I qualify for the one-time Veterans Exam Fee Waiver? [back to top]
In order to be eligible for this one-time waiver of the application fee you must meet the following criteria at the time of filing:
  • Be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence; and
  • Have received an honorable discharge or have been released under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States. The "Armed Forces of the United States" means the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, including all components thereof, and the National Guard when in the service of the United States pursuant to call as provided by Law; and
  • Have served on full-time active duty, other than active duty for training.
Notes:
  • The Veterans Exam Fee Waiver can be used to have the application fee waived for an examination for an appointment to or a promotion to a position with the City of New York. This fee waiver type may only be used once, regardless of the outcome of the examination process. No exceptions will be made.
  • The Veterans Exam Fee Waiver is ONLY available to former U.S. Armed Forces service members
  • The Veterans Exam Fee Waiver cannot be used retroactively for any exam for which you have already applied.
2. What forms of documentation are acceptable to qualify for the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver? [back to top]
Submit a clear copy of your separation papers (Form DD214, long form) or a Statement of Service letter on official Department of Veterans Affairs letterhead along with your paper application package or the OASys generated application receipt to DCAS at: One Centre Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Attn: Veterans Exam Fee Waiver Program.
3. If I have qualified for a Veterans Exam Fee Waiver, do I qualify for Veteran’s Preference Credits? [back to top]
No, Veteran’s Preference Credits and the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver are two separate programs available to Veterans, which have different purposes and criteria. The Veteran’s Preference Credits and the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver must be requested separately. See the Special Circumstances Guide at the link below to learn more about Veteran’s Preference Credits.

4. If I have previously received Veteran’s Preference Credits, can I still use the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver? [back to top]
Yes, you can still use the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver to have your application fee waived for one New York City Civil Service examination even if you have previously received Veteran’s Preference Credits. Veteran’s Preference Credits and the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver are two separate programs available to Veterans, which have different purposes and criteria.
5. I am still serving on active duty in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces; do I qualify for the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver? [back to top]
No, you must have received an honorable discharge or release under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed Forces in order to qualify for the Veterans Exam Fee Waiver.
6. How do I qualify for the other types of fee waivers? [back to top]
At the time of filing, the applicant must be eligible and receiving one of the following social benefits:

At the time of applying for the above-indicated examination, I am currently…
  • an individual who is a New York City resident and receiving full benefits for Public/Cash Assistance.
  • an individual who is unemployed.
  • an individual who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
  • an individual who is receiving Medicaid benefits.
  • an individual who is receiving Public Assistance in the form of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance.
  • a participant certified eligible for a Workforce Investment Act program through the City’s Workforce1 Career Centers.
7. Can my benefit card be used for Medicaid? [back to top]
No. Your benefit card is used to verify New York City residents who are eligible and are receiving full social benefits (cash, Medicaid, food stamps) and not partial benefits for Public/Cash Assistance from the NYC Dept. of Social Services.
8. Can my WorkForce1 card be used to waive my application fee? [back to top]
No. Proof of your WorkForce1 participation must be submitted on letterhead from the Dept. of Small Business Services and dated during the month of filing.
9. I do not live within the 5 boroughs of NYC, can I submit a copy of my out of state benefit card? [back to top]
No. If you are not receiving full benefits from the New York City Dept. of Social Services, you may qualify under the other criteria listed.
10. Why is my award letter not sufficient proof for my fee waiver to be waived? [back to top]
Award letters are generated at the beginning of the year and they show a prorated amount the participant is eligible to receive for the duration of that year. This award letter does not show a history of payments made to the participant during the month of filing.
11. Can I use my Unemployment Insurance Monetary Benefit Determination letter to have my fee waived? [back to top]
No. The Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payment History is the accepted form of proof.
12. If I am unemployed, but I am not currently receiving unemployment benefits, would I be eligible for a fee waiver? [back to top]
Yes, you must send in a letter in which you state that you are unemployed, but you are not receiving unemployment benefits. This letter must be signed by the candidate, dated during the month of filing, and notarized by a Notary Public.
13. Can I submit my benefit card if I am receiving full benefits? [back to top]
Yes, full benefits consist of an active cash and food stamp case.
14. Why isn’t my benefit card acceptable when I do receive Medicaid and I use my card? [back to top]
We do not verify your benefit card for Medicaid, only if it has an active PA/FS case, which is active during the month of filing.
15. If I only have an active public assistance case, do I also qualify for a fee waiver? [back to top]
No, you must be receiving full benefits (public/cash assistance) to qualify using this fee waiver criteria.
16. If my public/cash assistance case is pending, am I eligible to have my fee waived? [back to top]
No, you must have an active public/cash assistance case at the time of the exam filing.
17. What are the acceptable forms of documentation for the various types of fee waivers? [back to top]
See chart below:

An individual who is a New York City resident and is receiving full benefits (Cash, Medicaid, and Food Stamps) and not partial benefits for Public/Cash Assistance from the New York City Department of Social Services. Submit a clear copy of your Benefit Identification Card that bears your name.

Since DCAS will verify your eligibility for full benefits through your Client Identification Number (CIN), you must make sure that all information preprinted on your Benefit Identification Card can be read when copied. Handwritten information will not be accepted.
An individual who is unemployed. Submit an “Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payment History” inquiry printout. This printout must include Week Ending dates that correspond with the month that you are applying for an exam. You may obtain this printout from the New York State Department of Labor by calling 1(877) 221-1634 or online at www.labor.state.ny.us For the Department of Labor outside of New York State, you may access their website at www.dol.gov for assistance in locating this type of documentation online for the state in which you reside; OR

If you are unemployed, but not currently receiving Unemployment Insurance Benefits, you may submit an affidavit signed by you stating that you are unemployed, and notarized by a Notary Public. Your affidavit must be dated within the application period for the exam you are applying for.

For unemployment benefits received outside of New York State, you may include a copy of your unemployment check that bears your Name and SS# dated and issued for the month in which you are applying for an exam.
An individual who is receiving Supplementary Security Income (SSI) payments. Submit documentation on letterhead from a Social Security Administration Office in your state that is dated during the month for which you are applying for an exam and specifically indicates that you received SSI benefits that month. Award Letter Notifications re-issued during the month you are applying for an exam that does not include the added information in the OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION field that specifically states you are receiving SSI benefits that month will not be accepted. Parents who receive SSI benefits for their minor children are not eligible for a fee waiver.
An individual who is receiving Medicaid benefits or partial benefits that include Medicaid. Submit the “MA Case/Suffix/Individual/Summary” printout. This printout must verify that either your eligibility for Medicaid is coded “AC” for Active, or your authorization period is currently active, or if your case has been closed, the date your case was closed. These dates must include the month for which you are applying for an exam. You may obtain this printout from your assigned worker, or from a New York City Human Resources Administration Medicaid Office or call 1(877) HRA-8411. If you applied for Medicaid benefits through a hospital or managed care program/organization, you will need to submit documentation on letterhead from that program/organization that is dated during the month you are applying for an exam that specifically verifies your eligibility of receiving Medicaid benefits that month.

For Medicaid benefits received outside New York City, you will need to submit documentation on letterhead from a social service agency in your state that is dated during the month you are applying for an exam that specifically verifies your eligibility of receiving Medicaid benefits, or indicates your case is active that month.
An individual who is receiving Public Assistance in the form of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families(TANF)/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance benefits. Submit the “PA Case Composition-Suffix/Individual Summary” printout. This printout must verify that either your eligibility for Public/Cash Assistance is coded “AC” for Active, or if your case has been closed, the date your case was closed. These dates must include the month for which you are applying for an exam. If your case has been coded “SN” for Sanctioned, or if you recently applied for benefits and your case is coded “AP” for Application, you are not eligible to receive a fee waiver. You may obtain this printout from your assigned worker, or from a New York City Human Resources Administration Office or call 1(877) HRA-8411.

For TANF / Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance benefits received outside New York City, you will need to submit documentation on letterhead from a social service agency in your state that is dated during the month you are applying for an exam that specifically verifies your eligibility of receiving TANF / Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance benefits, or indicates your case is Active that month.
A participant certified eligible for a Workforce Investment Act program through the City’s Workforce1 Career Centers. Submit documentation on letterhead from the Department of Small Business Services that is dated during the month for which you are applying for an exam and specifically indicates that you are a participant registered with the City’s Workforce1 Career Centers for that month. You may obtain this letter only by calling the New York City Department of Small Business Services at (212) 513-6406.
 
  
 
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