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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
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.

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.

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.


 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

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    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...
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  • 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
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 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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