Aid Programs for Graduate Students
The major aid programs available to students in graduate level degree programs through the Financial Aid Office include the following:
Grant: TAP TAP awards are much lower for graduate students than they are for undergraduates, and require a minimum of 12 credits each semester. The maximum TAP for graduate students is usually about $300 per semester. Some students who receive TAP get only $37.50 per semester.
Work: Federal Work-Study
Loans: Perkins Loan, Direct Loan (Subsidized), Direct Loan (Unsubsidized)
Be sure to review detailed application, eligibility, and award information on our applying for aid page, our programs page, and our details pages on the various New York State and federal financial aid programs for students in our graduate degree programs. The work and loan programs require a minimum 6-credit registration each semester.
The major aid programs through the Financial Aid Office for graduate students are loans. If you feel you will need to borrow money to help you cover your expenses here, file all required applications as quickly as possible so you will know your loan award amounts and how to plan.
Graduate departments are a good source of information about funding for students in that field, as well as about any graduate assistantships they may have.
Queens College is one of the few CUNY campuses to participate in the Federal TEACH Grant program for students in specific master's degree education division programs during Academic Year 2009–2010. Among other requirements, students have to file the FAFSA application. Information about additional eligibility requirements, interviews, and forms, as well as about how this grant can become an expensive LOAN, is available here.
CUNY offers CUNYCAP, the Counseling Assistantship Program. Details are on the CUNY website.
Funding is sometimes available for small awards under the Graduate Partial Tuition Reimbursement Program. The program has specific selection criteria related to EFC, based on the FAFSA calculation as well as criteria such as cumulative GPA, registration, and credits completed. When funding is available, information is posted on the website. Awards are made for tuition only and are usually for the spring semester only.
For additional financial help, see our resources for finding other sources of aid web page.
Note: Students in a PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center should file for aid through the Graduate Center. Students at CUNY Law School at Queens College should file for aid through the Law School.