Queens College works with our students who are interested in grant assistance opportunities.
We encourage you to use the information below to access the various options.
Queens College allows students interested in furthering their academic careers with us to pursue several types of federal grants. We encourage you to review the guidelines listed below.
*Information regarding COVID-19 and loss of income"
Students who experience a loss in income based on the COVID-19 pandemic, may qualify for additional federal student assistance. When completing the FAFSA, a student reports income information from two years prior. If you have a loss in income and previously did not qualify for a Federal Pell Grant, you may be eligible for additional funds based on an income adjustment. Possible circumstances may include unemployment, death of a wage-earner (parent, if dependent; spouse, if independent), divorce, loss of untaxed income (such as child support). A review of your circumstance will require income and substantiating support documentation for the circumstance.
Please contact us at QCHub@qc.cuny.edu for further information.
Academic Performance and Federal Grant Eligibility
Students using federal grant money to attend Queens College must abide by the following guidelines to remain eligible for federal grants.
New York State Grants
As a member of the New York State college system, Queens College offers a number of New York State Grants for students who meet eligibility requirements. We encourage those interested in New York State Grants to review the information below.
Academic Performance and New York State Grant Eligibility
Students using New York State Grant money to attend Queens College must abide by the following guidelines to remain eligible for state grants.
All Tap recipients must maintain good academic standing in order
to retain TAP eligibility. Among the requirements outlined in the New York
State Academic Progress Chart below, Students are obligated to maintain New
York State’s definition of “good academic standing” which has two components:
1. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): a
requirement that students accumulate a specific number of credits and achieve a
specified cumulative grade point average each semester depending on the number
of NYS award payments the student has received.
of Program (POP): defined as receiving a passing or failing grade
(on a A-F grading scale) in a certain percentage of courses each semester
depending on the number of NYS awards the student has received.
If a student becomes ineligible for a TAP award due to the
loss of good academic standing, s/he may apply for a one-time TAP Waiver. There
are two types of waivers for your undergraduate studies:
i. One, is a one-time Tap Waiver relating to your
failure to achieve the Pursuit of Program (POP) or Satisfactory Academic
Progress (SAP) standard which is only granted one time.
other is a waiver relating to your failure to achieve the "C" average
requirement. The ‘C’ Waiver is intended for students who may have difficulty
maintaining an average of C (2.0) while receiving NYS TAP.
In order to be
eligible for a C waiver, students must have received the equivalent of two or
more full years of TAP awards and would have accumulated 24 or more payment
points in prior terms. The ‘C’ average waiver is separate from the one-time
good academic standing waiver and may be granted more than once if
circumstances warrant. The C waiver is only applicable when there is a
reasonable expectation that the student will meet future requirements.
The request of the waiver must originate with you. The waiver may
not be granted automatically, and is intended only to accommodate extraordinary
or unusual circumstances. The decision to grant or deny the waiver is
determined by the Committee on Financial Aid Academic Standing .You will be
notified of the committee’s decision. The decision of the committee is final.
To submit a request
please visit the Counseling and Resource Center located in Frese Hall, first
NOTE: New York State
Higher Education Services Corporation (NYS HESC) regulations state: “the
granting of a Financial Aid TAP Waiver is intended to accommodate only
extraordinary or unusual circumstances beyond the student’s control” and “…for
example, “difficulty adjusting to college life” is not a reasonable basis for a
waiver, since that circumstance might apply to many students. Situations that
caused a student to lose good academic standing should be beyond the student’s
control, not chronic circumstances that cannot be remedied.” Information
regarding the use of waivers can be found at:
http://www.hesc.ny.gov/content.nsf/CA/TAP_Coach_Waivers, and searching for “waivers”