Financial Aid

Graduate Center Awards

Graduate Center Fellows, CUNY Science Scholars, Science Fellows, Provost's Enhancement Fellows, Neuroscience Fellows, Mathematics Fellows.

Your award has two components:

  1. a service award for which you will receive an employment/appointment letter, and

  2. a financial aid fellowship and tuition component for which you will receive a financial aid award letter. If you choose to accept your award, please be sure to sign and return:
  • your award letter from the Office of Financial Aid (which you received in May) (also can be accepted on Student Web*)

  • your appointment letter from the Office of the Provost (which you receive in August)

*NOTE: Please read both of your award letters carefully. If you are reviewing/accepting your award on Student Web, be certain to read all messages. 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

For more information, please consult the Office of the Provost (your multi-year award) or the Office of Financial Aid (stipends or tuition remission).


If you are interested in taking out a federal direct student loan (for U.S. citizens and permanent 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 direct loans before)

  • Online Entrance Interview – complete your entrance interview online.

Work Study

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 30) 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 in July), 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.

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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