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Too Good to be True

Be careful of offers that look too good to be true.

They probably are, and are designed to help you part easily with your hard-earned money.
  • 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 for filing your aid application, you have reached the wrong website; try again. The correct FAFSA website is FAFSA.
  • Don't pay to find scholarships. There are many free tools that will be just as successful. See our Finding Other Sources page at Scholarships.
  • Use the same cautions you use regularly on the web when you do a web-based scholarship search. Safeguard your privacy while still giving enough information for the scholarship search to be useful. If you don't feel comfortable entering personal information requested by a website, don't do it. See tips for how to handle your personal information online.
  • ATMs are convenient, but sometimes they're too easy, for many reasons. Watch ATM service fees (at the ATM you're using and at your own bank—both may charge!), and be especially aware of additional service fees often charged for stamps when stamps are offered at an ATM.
  • Credit card companies often target college students in credit card offers. Understand what is offered and use credit wisely. See New York State law restricting solicitations. The FTC's Credit Smarts page is also helpful. The Iowa Attorney General posted information for college students. ABC News adds their own warnings.
    Take advantage of opportunities to monitor your credit by requesting free annual credit reports. See
     FTC for more information as well as cautions about how to do this.
  • Credit and budget counseling companies can sometimes ADD to your problem. See information published by the IRS before you sign up with a credit counseling agency. Credit repair companies can also be a problem; Check before signing up.
  • Cell phone plans usually have unbelievably high fees if you review what the plan covers. Be sure you understand what's in your plan, what isn't, and what can be covered only with an automatic extra charge. Coverage areas are an issue, too, and roaming areas may surprise you; charges add up quickly. The FCC offers advice here.


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The Office of Financial Aid Services has relocated to the One Stop Service Center located in room 128 Dining Hall.  For further information on the One Stop Service Center, visit​​
The Office of Financial Aid Services uses email as our official method of communication.  In order to assure that you receive all communications related to your application, please make sure the e-mail address that you provided on your application is correct.  Please add Queens College to your address book to avoid e-mails from being sent to spam folders.
Location:  128 Dining Hall
Phone: 718-997-5102
Fax: 718-997-5122 

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

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  • Spring 2018 - Important Dates & Deadlines
    • ​​​​​The last day to add courses is February 2, 2018. Your registration as of February 2nd will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, loans and work-study).
    • February 16, 2018, is the last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Spring 2018.
    • The Excelsior Scholarship application for the Spring 2018 semester is now available. Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application. If you first received the award in the fall term of the current academic year, no additional action is needed for the spring term.  The deadline is December 4th, 2017.

  • Fall 2017 - Important Dates & Deadlines
    • Th​e last day to add courses is August 31, 2017Your registration as of August 31st will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, l​o​ans, and work-study).
    • September 14th​ is the Last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Fall 2017.
    • September 29th, is the last day to apply for APTS.
    • December 8th, is the last day to apply for a Fall only loan.




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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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