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Calculate your federal Pell Grant amounts for the semester by using the award schedule chart (linked below) and information from your paper or electronic Student Aid Report (SAR). If you don't have your SAR, you may access your information online and download a copy here.

2018-2019 Pell Award Chart

2017-2018 Pell Award Chart

Using the Chart

To use this chart, you need to know your expected family contribution (EFC) and your enrollment status. Your EFC can be found on your SAR.

  • Locate your EFC on your paper or electronic SAR.
  • On the Pell Grant Award Schedule, look at the left-hand column labeled "EFC" and find the range of numbers containing your particular EFC.
  • Look at the columns to the right labeled with the four different enrollment statuses. Find the column that applies to you and move across the same row as your EFC until you find the appropriate Pell Grant amount for your particular enrollment status.

Disbursement Information

If you have chosen direct deposit as your preferred method of disbursement, your Pell Grant funds will be available in your direct deposit account.

If you did not select direct deposit as your preferred method of disbursement, your fall and spring semester checks will be mailed to you.


To qualify for any federal financial aid payments, you must actually begin attending your classes. Before disbursing your Pell Grant, we will verify your enrollment status with the Registrar. If you are excessively absent from a class during the first five weeks of the semester, the Registrar may record you as having unofficially withdrawn from that class. The credits for any course from which you have withdrawn, unofficially or otherwise, are not counted in calculating your enrollment status, even though you may still be charged for these courses. If you receive a completion grade in any course not included for payment in your Pell Grant check, you may request an award recalculation at the end of the semester.

Withdrawals and Overpayments

Federal regulations specify that you must attend at least 60 percent of the semester before you become eligible for 100 percent of your federal student aid awards for that term. If you withdraw from all your classes before you have completed at least 60 percent of the semester, the college must determine what portion of your federal awards you are entitled to receive according to an attendance formula prescribed in federal regulations. If you have received, or the college has received on your behalf, more federal student aid funds than the formula allows, you will have to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled. If you fail to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled, you risk losing your eligibility for future federal aid payments.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

In accordance with federal guidelines and university policy, you must be making satisfactory academic progress in your program of study in order to remain eligible for federal award programs. You will be measured for satisfactory academic progress once each year after the spring term and notified by mail if you are found not to be meeting SAP standard.

Summer Pell Grant Eligibility

Detailed information on summer aid eligibility for all types of aid including the Pell Grant is available on our Summer Aid page.

Pell Grant Book Advance

Since federal Pell Grant awards are paid just before midterm in the fall and spring semesters, the Office of Financial Aid Services schedules an advance Pell payment for eligible students at the beginning of those semesters. These payments are designed to give you a portion of your award early to help you purchase books and supplies. The Office of Financial Aid Services schedules a date at the beginning of each term for the distribution of Pell advances. As much as $682 may be issued in advance, but the amount depends on the available Pell Grant funds remaining after your tuition and fees are paid.


 Office Information


Location:  Flirst floor of Jefferson Hall, room 100
Phone: 718-997-5102
Fax: 718-997-5122 

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 Hours:

*Please note: starting the week of October 8th, appointment days will be from Mondays - Wednesdays and walk-ins on Thursdays.

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

 The One Stop Service Center has relocated to the Registrar's Office, 100 Jefferson Hall.  Make sure to have your photo ID and your confirmation email at hand when you check in on the day of your appointment.


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

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  • Fall 2018 - Important Dates & Deadlines

    • ​The last day to apply for APTS (Aid for Part-time Studies) is Monday, October 1st, 2018.  You must have submitted your TAP application for 2018-2019 and filled out the supplement form on your Student Service Center in CUNYfirst.
    • The last day to add courses is September 2, 2018. Your registration as of September 2nd will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, loans and work-study).​
    • The Excelsior Scholarship application for 2018-2019 was available from 9:00 am, March 26, 2018 til 11:59 pm, July 23, 2018.
  • Spring 2018 - Important Dates & Deadlines
    • 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, 2018is the last day to apply for a direct loan.


 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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