Contrary to popular belief, many immigrant students are eligible to receive financial aid. At Queens College, financial assistance may come from either the United States federal government or the New York State government. For qualified students, financial aid may include grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and subsidized loans.
It is important to note the eligibility requirements and qualifications to apply for federal student aid and New York State aid are different. Therefore, a student ineligible for federal student aid may be eligible to apply for New York State financial aid and vice versa.
If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for financial aid, we recommend you review the guide below.
1) Federal Student Aid
When determining your eligibility for financial aid, we recommend you start by reviewing if you are eligible for federal student aid. Generally, federal student aid is available to U.S. citizens and those with select immigration statuses, such as permanent residents, refugees, and asylees. For more detailed eligibility criteria for federal student aid and resources on how to apply, please click the button below.
Undocumented students (including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and students with pending asylum applications) are ineligible for federal student aid. However, undocumented students, DACA recipients, those with pending asylum applications, and other students ineligible for federal student aid should refer to the section below, as they may be eligible to apply for New York State aid.
2) New York State Student Aid
If students are ineligible for federal student aid, they may still be qualified to apply for New York State student aid. Notably, New York State aid, due to the Senator José Peralta New York State Dream Act, is more accessible to immigrant students, including undocumented students, DACA recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and those with pending asylum applications. For more detailed eligibility criteria for the Senator José Peralta New York State Dream Act and resources on how to apply, please click the button below.
3) Have Questions? Need Help? Contact Us!
After reviewing this guide, if students have questions or concerns about their eligibility to apply for financial aid, we invite them to connect with our office. Current Queens College students can make an appointment with the Immigrant Student Support Initiative by clicking the button below and logging into Navigate. After logging into Navigate, students must select Student Affairs as the care unit. Then, students must select the service labeled Immigrant Support: Financial Aid Review.
Prospective Queens College students and their families may make an appointment with the Immigrant Student Support Initiative via Calendly by clicking the button below.
If students are unavailable during the provided times, they may contact us and arrange a different meeting time. Lastly, if individuals have any questions or concerns about financial aid, they may also contact our office at 718-997-3990 and ImmigrantSupport@qc.cuny.edu.
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, New York 11367
Office: King Hall, Room 213
Monday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Jennifer L. Jarvis
Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Jan Heli Bautista
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Join Our Email List!
If students are interested in receiving up-to-date information on services, resources, scholarships, and support available to the immigrant community, please click here and join the Queens College Immigrant Student Support Initiative email list. Joining the Queens College Immigrant Student Support Initiative email list ensures that students quickly receive information that will enhance their academic journey at Queens College!
Schedule an Appointment!
Current Queens College students may schedule in-person or virtual appointments with the Immigrant Student Support Initiative by logging into Navigate. The Navigate login page is available here. After logging into Navigate, students must select “Student Affairs” as the care unit. The tag “Immigrant Support” is on our available services. Prospective Queens College students may schedule in-person or virtual appointments via Calendly by clicking here. If students are unavailable during the provided times, they may contact us and arrange a different meeting time.
Financial Aid Resources
Federal Student Aid
- FAFSA Eligibility
- FAFSA Eligibility for Non-Citizens
- FAFSA Application Link
- Filling Out the FAFSA Guide
- CUNY FAFSA Guide
New York State Student Aid