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File a FAFSA on the Web

Start the process of applying for most types of federal financial aid by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Be sure to select and file the correct year's FAFSA, entering the correct year's income. Applications for 2019-2020 require 2017 income information; applications for 2018-2019 require 2016 income information. Before starting the process, collect all necessary information. This includes your and your parents' tax returns, W2 forms, records of untaxed income, asset information, date of birth, and Social Security numbers.

Answer all questions carefully, don't guess at the answers, and don't leave any blanks. 

Use the CHAT and HELP features to clarify what you should enter where.

The U.S. Department of Education prefers that students and families use FAFSA on the web to apply for federal student aid. Electronic filing is the fastest, easiest, and most accurate way for you to apply. The FAFSA website guides you through the questions you need to answer and stops you if you miss a required item or enter an invalid answer. This system helps insure that your application is completed properly. Answer each question carefully and check any needed documentation first.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT)
The Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool​ automatically transfers tax information into the FAFSA form. Be sure to consider this option if it's offered to you.  

Get and Use Your FSA ID
Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID enables you to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

Provide a Valid Email Address

If you provide a valid email address when you file your application, you will receive an email with a URL to access your application results. If you and your parents use an FSA ID to sign your FAFSA and there are no other problems with your application information, you may receive this email notification in as little as 24 to 72 hours.  

If You Don't Use Your FSA ID
If you or your parents do not sign your electronic FAFSA with your FSA ID, you must print and mail a signature page to the federal processor to confirm the validity of the information provided on your application. 

We urge all applicants to use FSA IDs to sign the FAFSA instead of printing and mailing a signature page, which can lengthen the application processing time by several weeks.

Transfer Students
If you have already applied for financial aid for the current academic year, check both your FAFSA and TAP applications to make sure that you selected Queens College as a school of choice, so that we may process your aid information. The federal college code for the FAFSA is 002690. The college code for the TAP application is 1416. Aid does not automatically transfer from school to school, and processes completed with one school may need to be taken care of again with us. 

What Do I Do Next?
When you finish entering your application data, don't just SAVE your FAFSA. SUBMIT it. You will arrive at a confirmation page that will give you a confirmation number and an estimate of your federal aid eligibility. You should print a copy of this page for your records along with a copy of your application information.

It's Not Over Yet - File Your New York State TAP on the Web Application 
Click on the link for New York State residents, located below the federal confirmation number on the confirmation page. You will be linked to TAP on the web. This allows you to file for New York State tuition assistance programs for full-time and part-time students.

[Note: If you did not indicate on the FAFSA that you meet the definition of New York State residency, this option will not be available to you.]

If you do not complete the TAP on the web application when you file your FAFSA on the web, you will be sent an email or postcard with a link to an electronic TAP on the Web application after your FAFSA is processed. 

Follow Up
Return to the FAFSA and TAP sites to check for details on the status of your application; go beyond verifying that it was filed. See more on other important ways to FOLLOW UP on your application and eligibility status through CUNY systems--you'll find details on the main menu of our website.

Some Aid Programs Require Additional Application Steps
Note that to request aid under some of our programs, you must file additional paperwork. See our main page for detailed information.

Can I File Using Paper Applications?
We and the federal government strongly discourage you from filing a paper FAFSA. The web filing process can make applying more accurate, as well as faster and easier. There is NO paper TAP application. HOWEVER, you may apply for federal financial aid by completing and mailing a paper FAFSA. Download a current-year paper FAFSA here. Initial processing of a mailed paper FAFSA can take time; it may be four to six weeks before CUNY receives any information about you.  

Make sure that Queens College [federal school code 002690] is listed among your college choices in the Releases and Signatures portion of the FAFSA application. 

Your TAP application will still have to be completed on the web. After your paper FAFSA is processed, you will be sent an email or postcard with a link to a TAP on the web application. When you fill out the form, check to see that Queens College [TAP school code 1416] is listed as your college of choice.

Remember - you must file every year. You may file as early as October 1 for the upcoming year.



 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 - In 9am-6pm
Friday ​Walk - In ​9am-12pm

*Please note: On October 8 & October 9 there are no classes scheduled, the QC Hub will be open from 9am - 12pm.​
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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    • The last day to apply for APTS (Aid for Part-time Studies) is Monday, September 30, 2019.  You must have submitted your TAP application for 2019-2020 and fill out the supplement form on your Student Service Center in CUNYfirst.
    • September 16, 2019 is the last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Fall 2019.
    • The last day to add courses was September 2, 2019. Your registration as of September 2nd will be used to determine your financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, loans and work-study).​
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    • 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.


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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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