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.
Effective Monday, April 16th, the Office of Financial Aid Services will be relocating to the Registrar's Office located on the first floor of Jefferson Hall.
Mondays - Thursdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fridays: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: flirst floor of Jefferson Hall
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 email@example.com being sent to spam folders.
FAFSA College Code - 002690
TAP College Code - 1416
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- Students who need to submit additional documentation for their 2018-2019 financial aid, we will begin to accept documentation starting Monday, April 23rd.
- The Excelsior Scholarship application for 2018-2019 is available from 9:00 am, March 26, 2018 til 11:59 pm, July 23, 2018.
- The Excelsior Scholarship application for the Spring 2018 semester was December 4th, 2017. 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 last day to add courses was 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, was the last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Spring 2018.
- March 2, 2018, is the last day to apply for APTS.
- May 4, 2018, is the last day to apply for a direct loan.
- Fall 2017 - Important Dates & Deadlines
- The last day to add courses is August 31, 2017. Your registration as of August 31st will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, loans, and work-study).
- September 14th was the Last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Fall 2017.
- September 29th, was the last day to apply for APTS.
- December 8th, was the last day to apply for a Fall only loan.
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