If you are interested in taking out a federal direct student loan (for U.S. citizens and alien residents only):
1. Complete your FAFSA (School Code 004765)
2. Be sure to file a Direct Loan Application Form
3. Complete your entrance interview* (if you haven’t taken out directs before — or within the last four years)
*There are three options for the entrance interview.
Online Entrance Interview – complete your entrance interview online.
Written Entrance Interview – Read through the Entrance Counseling Guide (available at the Financial Aid Office), and submit a signed, completed Entrance Counseling Form (Rm. 7201).
In-Person Entrance Interview – make an appointment to speak with one of our financial aid counselors: Office of Financial Aid, room 7201, Tel 212-817-7460.
Please be sure to submit all necessary financial aid paperwork.
In reviewing your letters, pay special attention to the following details:
Stipend, tuition remission, and bi-weekly pay amounts
Sources of funding
Differences between Years 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Teaching, work, or research obligations
You can also accept awards and check your financial aid status on Student Web
Federal Work-Study awards (for U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens only) are based solely on financial need as defined by federal law. Federal Work Study awards are packaged each spring for the following academic year. Because Federal Work Study funds are limited, only students who have their FAFSA on file by the priority deadline (April 15) are initially considered for awards. Federal Work-Study positions are assigned by the Executive Officer. Discretionary exceptions are made for those who file after the priority deadline. In those cases you should complete a Federal Work Study Wishlist form (available at the end of July until all Workstudy funds have been awarded), to be submitted to Anne Johnson at the Office of Financial Aid.
Once accepted into the Work Study program, eligible students will be sent a packet of documents to be completed before starting work: FERPA, IT-2104, W-4, I-9, and the NYS Wage Rate Form.
If you have questions about the institional award nomination process, please contact your academic program. Programs consider academic merit as well as other practical and academic factors, when making instutional awards (fellowships and stipends). Once a program has made a nomination, the Office of Financial Aid notifies the student of the award and collects the required documentation needed to pay the award.
See the following for more information about institutional awards.
Additional Sources of Funding
The academic activity of the City University of New York expands far beyond the boundaries of the Graduate Center. As such, many Graduate Center students benefit from adjunct teaching positions and research assistantships on other campuses within CUNY or research positions under the auspices of faculty-sponsored research grants. Executive Officers can assist students in locating these opportunities.
A significant number of students also find support through external funding sources such as private foundations, unions, and government agencies. The list of external funding sources available to graduate students is extensive. The Office of Sponsored Research, which is the Graduate Center’s official liaison for grant-funded scholarship (for both faculty and students), provides a comprehensive catalog of the vast number of privately funded fellowships available to graduate students. In addition, the Office of Student Affairs conducts periodic counseling workshops on applying for external fellowships and makes application materials available for some of the major grants.
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