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Problems to Avoid

Avoiding Problems

Contact the Queens College Financial Aid Office if there is anything you don't understand about your aid.

General cautions

  • Don't pay anyone to complete and file your aid application for you. Fill out as much as you can, and if you are having problems, ask us for help. If you get to a website that requires payment, you have reached the wrong website; try again.
  • Don't pay to find scholarships. Many free tools will be just as successful.
  • Be careful about credit card and cell phone offers. Be sure you know what you're getting into, and if you choose to take the plunge, use them cautiously and wisely.

Your applications

  • File early every year--in the spring of each year for the coming academic year (summer/fall/spring).
    Follow application instructions and definitions carefully, especially those related to dependency and whose income should be reported. Answer all questions; don't leave blanks.
  • Use actual income information; don't guess.
  • Check with us after you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR); we want to be sure you understand what will happen next as a result of this evaluation of your financial need.
  • If the processor is waiting for signatures or clarification, respond immediately.
  • If you receive a letter from us requesting additional documentation or clarification, please respond to us immediately as well.
  • If there are any drastic changes in your family's financial situation, file your FAFSA the regular way. When you receive your SAR, bring documentation and discuss the change with a financial aid counselor.

Registration and billing

  • Be sure you understand the college's procedures related to registration, bill due dates, residency documentation, and permits, and to financial aid awards, payments, and change of program. Every college does things differently.
  • If aid you are expecting to cover your tuition and fees bill doesn't appear on that bill, contact the Financial Aid Office IMMEDIATELY!
  • If you have registered and/or filed for aid at another school, be sure you officially drop your classes and cancel your aid there.

Aid eligibility

Read our New York State Aid Advisement Alert.

  • Formally declare your major early with the Registrar's Office if you are an undergraduate. If you reach junior status without declaring a major, you may lose financial aid. Forms are available in the Registrar's Office.
  • Be sure that all courses and credits you want to count toward your eligibility for any New York State aid are needed for your degree.
  • Before taking any retroactive actions or adjusting your program, check with us to be sure of the effect of those actions on your financial aid, both current and future.
  • If you plan to go on permit or study abroad, ask a financial aid counselor to be sure of the impact on your aid, and what you may need to do before you go.
  • When you move, notify the Registrar's Office and the Financial Aid Office (and the Perkins Loan coordinator if you received a Perkins Loan) immediately.
  • If you have previously received loans with us or at any other school, keep track of them and their repayment requirements carefully. Be sure needed deferments, cancellations and address changes are filed with each lender.
  • Keep your grades up. Although financial aid here is awarded based on financial need, there are academic standards specifically related to payment and continued receipt of your aid.


 Office Information

Phone: 718-997-5102
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

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

ECSI College Code - F5

  • NEWS
    Important Information about CUNYfirst - The University has planned a system outage due to implementation and maintenance.  During the following dates all users will not have access to the system...
    5pm on Wednesday March 25th to 8am on Monday March 30th, 2015


  • URGENT - The Spring 2015 semester starts on January 28th.  The ADD period is over February 3rd.  Your registration as of February 3rd will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester.  Class additions made to your schedule after February 3rd WILL NOT increase your financial aid eligibility (grants, loans, work).


  • Spring 2015- Important Dates & Deadlines 
    February 17th is theLast day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility Spring 2015

  • April 30th is the last day to apply for academic year 2014-15 Direct Loan
  • *NEW* - Preview our new Financial Aid TV videos HERE for detailed information about Federal and NY State aid.  While we work to integrate these into our site, please see the rest of our site for Queens College specific deadlines, forms and processes. Download or update the QC Mobil app for a simpler Financial Aid TV mobil experience.



 Applying for Financial Aid


 Useful Telephone Numbers


FAFSA Application Status 1-800-433-3243

FAFSA Technical Assistance 1-800-433-3243
NYS TAP Processing/Status 1-888-697-4372
Direct Loan Inquiries 1-800-848-0979
Selective Service 1-847-688-6888
Internal Revenue Service 1-800-829-1040
TuitionPay Payment Plan 1-800-635-0120


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