CUNY participates in the Direct Loan Program where students borrow directly from the federal government. Just like any other loan, these loans must be repaid with interest.
CUNY also participates in the Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study programs.
Federal aid, awarded directly through the Office of Financial Aid in accordance with requirements established by federal law, requires applicants to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), utilizing the federal school code for The Graduate Center - 004765. To complete the form online, applicants should go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students who apply by the priority deadline for federal aid (April 30) are considered for Federal Work-Study positions and/or Federal Perkins Loans if they check yes to the question on the FAFSA. Students who wish to apply for Federal Direct Loans must submit, in addition to the FAFSA, a Direct Loan Request Form to the Office of Financial Aid. Federal Direct Loans are not packaged and are processed only upon a student's request. For more information about the application process, please vist our page on Applying for Aid.