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Financial Assistance

Important Announcements

1) Federal Direct Loan 2015-2016 Application has been posted to the Financial Aid Forms Section below. 

2) Returning Fellowship Recipients - Be sure to accept your aid and register full-time for the fall by August 5th to ensure timely payment.

3) All Financial Aid e-mail correspondence will be sent exclusively to Graduate Center email accounts. 

Financial Assistance

Office of Financial Assistance; Photo credit: Rachel Rodriguez

Office of Financial Assistance The Office of Financial Aid provides two types of financial aid programs for graduate students: federal aid and institutional aid. Regrettably, University-funded scholarships are not available to students who are not qualified aliens.

Federal aid is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid in accordance with requirements established by federal law. Students who apply early for federal aid may be considered for Federal Perkins Loans and/or Federal Work-Study positions, which provide students an opportunity to earn money on campus or at a public or private non-profit organization, for the upcoming academic year.

For more information about federal aid, visit the following pages:

Institutional aid is based on a combination of need and merit. This may include: scholarships, fellowships, grants, assistantships, etc. The funding for institutional aid comes from the college.

For more information about institutional aid, visit the following pages:

For more information about each program, click below to view a comparison chart outlining award eligibility, amount awarded, and how to apply.

Financial Aid Graduate Programs Comparison Chart

Awards Max. annual award Duration Program of study Application Eligibility
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans $20,500 $138,500 Maximum limit Degree Program FAFSA Application and GC Direct Loan Application General Eligibility
PLUS Loans for Graduate and Profess'l Degree Students Cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received   Degree Program FAFSA Application and GC Direct Loan Application General Eligibility for federal financial aid and no adverse credit history
Federal Perkins Loans $8,000 or the maximum available
Max Amount: $60,000 (combined grad and undergrad loans)
  All FAFSA General eligibility and financial need
Graduate Assistance Varies  -- See Fellowship page for latest information. 4 Years Degree Program See College Graduate Office Academic Merit
Federal Work-Study Varies Varies Degree Program FAFSA Financial Need
Veterans Tuition Award For the 2011-12 academic year $5,590 or tuition whichever is less Up to the equivalent of 6 semesters of study All FAFSA and Veterans Tuition Award Supplemnet Application General Eligibility and be  an eligible veteran who is a NYS resident.

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Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309


Phone: (212) 817-7460

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1-877-428-6942 | (212) 817-7000
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