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Withdrawls and Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is awarded with the expectation that you will attend school for the entire period for which that aid was intended. Withdrawing from classes can have short-term and long-range effects on your eligibility to receive the financial aid payments you applied for.

For example, you may discover after withdrawing from a class or classes that your tuition charges remain the same, but your financial aid is greatly reduced or eliminated. Or you may be asked to pay back money you received in a financial aid payment because you subsequently withdrew from your classes. Then again, you might find that you are not eligible to receive a payment in the current semester because you had too many withdrawals in past semesters. These situations can leave you having to pay tuition bills and other school expenses out of your own pocket.

You may wish to factor the information provided here into any decision to withdraw from a class or classes. We do suggest that you speak with your professors and an academic advisor if you think you have to withdraw from a class. Decisions related to your academic program should not be based solely on financial considerations, and an advisor can perhaps lead you to a better solution--one that doesn't require you to withdraw.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program

Short-term effects

If you meet the TAP definition of full-time between the first day of classes and the end of the add/drop period, you keep your TAP award for that term even if you withdraw from your classes.

Long-range effects

To continue receiving TAP or other New York State awards, you must meet the state's academic performance requirements every semester you receive a payment. Excessive numbers of withdrawals in any TAP-supported semester could negatively affect your ability to meet the academic performance requirements and endanger your ability to continue receiving TAP in subsequent semesters. See TAP chart for details.

Federal Pell Grants

Short-term effects

There are many variables that can have short-term effects on your Pell award. Before you drop or withdraw from one or more of your courses, we strongly recommend that you speak with a financial aid representative.

Long-range effects

All course withdrawals recorded on your permanent record may affect your eligibility to meet federal satisfactory academic progress requirements and could result in a loss of Pell Grant eligibility in a future semester.

Federal Work-Study, FSEOG, Federal Perkins and Federal Direct Loans

Short-term effects

You must maintain at least half-time enrollment to receive these grants and loans. If you fall below half-time status, you may not receive disbursements of these funds.

If you completely withdraw from school before the end of the term, the college must calculate whether any federal aid (except FWS) must be returned according to the return of federal aid regulations.

If you are working in the FWS program, you must stop working from the day you cease to be enrolled at least half-time. You do not have to repay any monies you have already earned.

If you are in receipt of a federal loan, your grace period will begin from the day you cease to be enrolled at least half-time. If you have not returned to school on at least a half-time basis before your grace period has expired, your loan will enter repayment.

Long-range effects

All withdrawals recorded on your permanent record may affect your ability to meet federal satisfactory academic progress requirements, and consequently endanger your eligibility for continued federal financial aid payments in future semesters.


 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.


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 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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