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Aid Programs

The U.S. government and New York State are the major sources of financial aid to students offered directly through the Office of Financial Aid Services.

We have provided links immediately below to general information about some programs. Be sure to read our information under those links for details about these programs at Queens College.

U.S. Government Publications About Federal Financial Aid

Student Guides, print version.
Audio Guides
Withdrawals and the Return of Federal Financial Aid

Grants

Federal Pell Grants (undergraduates only)

Who is Eligible?
Students matriculated in a program leading to a first bachelor's degree and enrolled for 1 or more credits per semester; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; must have an Effective Family Contribution which qualifies the student for an award as determined by a system approved by Congress. Students who do not meet the Title IV / Federal Satisfactory Progress Standard should see our information about appeals of the Title IV standard.

How Much
Awards range from $200 to $4050 per year depending on the family contribution and the number of credits for which the student registers.

How to Apply
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - filed annually.

TEACH Grant

Click here for specific information on which academic programs at Queens College qualify for the TEACH Grant, as well as application instructions.

TAP - New York State Tuition Assistance Program (undergraduates and graduates)

Who is Eligible?
Students matriculated in a degree program; must be a New York State resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; must be enrolled for 12 or more credits per semester, all of which must be creditable toward the degree. NOTE: REPEATED courses may not count toward full-time enrollment unless required by student’s curriculum. Must meet regulations for good standing for New York State Aid purposes, based on
TAP chart. Students who do not meet the state's good standing progress and pursuit regulations should see our New York State Aid progress/pursuit appeal information. Students who have 60 credits or more must formally declare a major in accordance with deadlines.

Undergraduates: Awards range from $250 to $2000 per semester. The maximum TAP award cannot exceed the student's tuition. Graduates: Awards range from $37.50 to $275 per semester.

How to Apply
The FAFSA plus the TAP/APTS Application and CUNY Supplement (TACS) - filed annually.

TAP Waiver Application Process

APTS - Aid for Part-Time Study - New York State Program (undergraduates only)

Who is Eligible?
Students matriculated in a program leading to a bachelor's degree; must be enrolled for and complete 6 to 11 credits per semester and a GPA of 2.0 or better must be maintained; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and a New York State resident; must not have exhausted TAP. Students with 60 credits or more must formally declare a major in accordance with deadlines. See TAP requirements related to repeat courses and courses creditable toward the degree.

How Much
Awards vary each semester, on a per-credit basis, based on availability of funds and family income.

How to Apply
The FAFSA plus the TAP/APTS Application and CUNY Supplement (TACS) - filed annually. Deadline: The third week of the semester.

PART-TIME TAP (undergraduates only)

Who is Eligible?
Students must meet all criteria for TAP award listed above EXCEPT full-time status. Must be registered for 6 to 11 credits, must be a first-time college student in CUNY Fall 1998 or later, must have accumulated at least 24 credits toward graduation, and must have a 2.0 GPA or higher. See TAP requirements related to repeat courses and courses creditable toward the degree.

How much:
Portion of TAP award based on number of credits registered for per semester.

How to apply: The FAFSA plus the TAP/APTS Application and CUNY Supplement (TACS) form - filed annually.

The Percy E. Sutton SEEK program - New York State Program (undergraduates only)

Who is Eligible?
Students who meet the economic and educational criteria for admission to the The Percy E. Sutton SEEK  program as first-year students; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and New York State resident; must enroll as a full-time student; must apply for TAP and Pell Grant.

How Much 
The Percy E. Sutton SEEK  Book Money awards are based on financial need and available funding.

How to Apply
The FAFSA plus the TAP/APTS Application and CUNY supplement (TACS) form - filed annually. Documentation and an interview are required of all entering students. Deadline: New students must file before they will be allowed to register.

FSEOG - Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (undergraduates only)

Who is Eligible?
Students matriculated in a program leading to a first bachelor's degree; must be enrolled for 6 or more credits per semester; must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. Students who do not meet the Title IV / Federal Satisfactory Progress Standard should see our information about appeals of the Title IV standard.

How Much
Awards, based on financial need and available funding, range from $200 to $1100 at Queens College.

How to Apply
The FAFSA plus the TAP/APTS Application and CUNY supplement (TACS) form - filed annually. Deadline: Limited funding, usually available to early filers only.

Honors College Funding

Who is Eligible?
Students must be enrolled at a full-time status in the CUNY Honors College program at QC, and meet all program requirements.

How Much
Information available from the Honors College program and the Admissions Office.

How to Apply
One of the program requirements is the annual filing of the FAFSA and TAP applications. File in the spring for the following academic year, in accordance with deadlines set by the Honors College program.

Work-Study

FWSP - Federal Work-Study Program (undergraduates and graduates)

Who is Eligible?
Students matriculated in a degree program; must be enrolled for 6 or more credits per semester; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students who do not meet the Title IV / Federal Satisfactory Progress Standard should see our information about appeals of the Title IV standard.

How Much
Awards based on financial need and available funding. Undergraduate awards range from $500 to $1500 for the academic year. Graduate awards range from $700 to $4000 for the academic year. The hourly pay rate is higher for graduate students than for undergraduates. Students are placed in jobs on or off campus and may work part-time during the school year (full-time in the summer) until they have earned the amount of their award. In the past few years, due to budget constraints, there has been no summer FWS; the exception is for students willing to work off-campus in community service jobs.

How to Apply
CUNY TACS and the FAFSA filed annually - available in the Financial Aid Office. Deadline: Limited funding, usually available to early filers only.

Loans

Federal Perkins Loan (formerly National Direct Student Loan; undergraduates and graduates)

5% interest loan from the college; payment is deferred while the student is enrolled at least half-time

Who is Eligible?
Students matriculated in a degree program; must be enrolled for 6 or more credits per semester; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and must have completed 28 credits. Students who do not meet the additional Title IV / Federal Satisfactory Progress Standard should see our information about appeals of the Title IV standard.

How Much
Awards based on financial need and available funding. Undergraduate awards usually range from $300 to $2000 per year, to a maximum cumulative undergraduate amount of $20,000. Graduate awards usually range from $300 to $2500 per year, to a maximum cumulative amount of $30,000.

How to Apply
The FAFSA plus the TAP/APTS Application and CUNY supplement (TACS) form - filed annually. Deadline: Limited funding, usually available to early filers only.

Federal Subsidized Direct Loan (undergraduates)

Payment is deferred while student is enrolled at least half-time. Interest rate is variable, with a current maximum of 8.25%; rate is adjusted annually.

Who is Eligible?
Students enrolled for 6 or more credits per semester in a degree program; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (graduate students need a 3.0). Students who do not meet the additional Title IV / Federal Satisfactory Progress Standard should see our information about appeals of the Title IV standard.

How Much
Loan amount is based on financial need. Maximum per year is $3,500 for freshmen, $4,500 for sophomores, and $5,500 for juniors and seniors.

How to Apply
The FAFSA plus the TAP/APTS Application and CUNY supplement (TACS) form - filed annually. The FAFSA is a preliminary step in determining eligibility for a Federal Direct Loan. Once the FAFSA and TAP have been processed and eligibility has been determined, a separate loan application and Direct Loan Electronic Master Promissory Note must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. More information in the
HOW TO FILE section of this booklet. Deadline: See Financial Aid Office.

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan (undergraduates and graduates)

Available to students who do not qualify for Subsidized Direct Loans, as well as to students who do. The same terms and conditions as Subsidized Loans apply, except that the borrower is responsible for the interest accrued while in school.

Who is Eligible?
Students enrolled for 6 or more credits per semester in a degree program; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (graduate students need a 3.0). Students who do not meet the additional Title IV / Federal Satisfactory Progress Standard should see our information about appeals of the Title IV standard.

How Much
Same annual limits as Subsidized Direct Loans for dependent students. Independent students - ask us.

How to Apply: See Federal Direct Loan instructions above.

Federal Direct Parent's Loan for Students (PLUS)

Variable interest rate; current maximum is 7.9%.

Who is Eligible?
Parents of dependent students who are enrolled for 6 or more credits in degree program; must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

How Much
Cost of education minus financial aid.

How to Apply
The student and parent(s) must complete the FAFSA. The parent must also complete the Queens College Direct Plus Loan Application.


 

 Office Information

 
Phone: 718-997-5100
 
Fax: 718-997-5122 
 

Assistance with the aid process is available in the One Stop Service Center in the Dining Hall. For more on the One Stop, visit www.qc.cuny.edu/onestop.

College Codes
FAFSA College Code - 002690
TAP College Code - 1416

ECSI College Code - F5





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