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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.

Federal Grants

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.

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.

2. Pursuit 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. 

ii. The 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 floor.

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:, and searching for “waivers”​

The Percy E. Sutton SEEK program


 Office Information


Location:  128 Dining Hall
Phone: 718-997-5102
Fax: 718-997-5122 
(Make sure to include your CUNYfirst id #when sending an email)  ​

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.​


Office Location & Hours:

Monday ​Appointments Only 9am-6pm
​Tuesd​ay ​Appointments Only
​Wednesday ​Appointments​ Only 9am-6pm
Thursday Walk-Ins 9am-6pm
Friday* ​Closed* Closed*

*We will be open from 9 to 12pm for the following Fridays: 8/23/19 & 8/30/19
Make sure to have your photo ID and if you are visiting us on an appointment day, please be sure to have your confirmation email at hand when you check in.


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

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  • 2019-2020 - Important Dates & Deadlines
    • September 16, 2019 is the last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Fall 2019.
    • The last day to add courses is September 2, 2019. Your registration as of September 2nd will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, loans and work-study).​
    • For information and how to apply for the Senator Jose Peralta NYS Dream Act - please click here​
    • The Excelsior Scholarship is now available, you may click here to apply. The application deadline will be Thursday, August 15, 2019


  • Spring 2019 - Important Dates & Deadlines
    • The last day to apply for a direct loan for 2018-2019 is Tuesday, April 30th.
    • The Excelsior Scholarship application for the Spring 2019 semester was Monday, January 14th.  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 Thursday, January 31, 2019. Your registration as of January 31st will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, loans and work-study).​​
    • February 14, 2019 was the last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Spring 2019.
    • The last day to apply for APTS (Aid for Part-time Studies) was Monday, February 18, 2019.  You must have submitted your TAP application for 2018-2019 and filled out the supplement form on your Student Service Center in CUNYfirst.


     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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