Paying for School Undergrad
An initial estimate for all tuition, fees, books, general supplies, and specialized materials that may be required during the full course of study is available on the Financial Aid Main FAQ page (see #3 and #4).
Financial Aid Awards for Undergraduates
Below are many financial-aid opportunities available at The City College of New York. For complete information about financial-aid awards, visit:
Aid For Part-Time Study (APTS)
is a New York State tuition grant for undergraduate students who are New York State residents pursuing a degree on a part-time basis. (If you are considered to be a dependent student your parent(s) must also be New York State residents. You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students must enroll for at least 6 but fewer than 12 credits (including a minimum of 3 degree credits). Students and/or their parent(s) must also meet certain income criteria and must not have exhausted their undergraduate TAP eligibility. Award amounts vary based on the availability of NY state funds. If you receive an APTS award, the money goes directly to the college for payment of your tuition.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a federal grant that can be used to pay your tuition and fees. If your tuition and fees are paid by other means your Pell award can be used to purchase books and supplies, and for other school expenses. You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. You must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program and meet income criteria to qualify.
Federal Perkins Loan
Federal Perkins Loan is a low interest loan awarded by the college to students who demonstrate financial need. It can be used for tuition or other educationally related expenses. You must indicate on your FAFSA that you are interested in receiving a student loan. Students must begin to repay this loan to the college nine (9) months after they: 1) graduate, 2) drop below half-time or 3) are no longer enrolled for classes. (Not available to freshmen.)
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study is a program that provides part-time jobs to students who have financial need. Award amounts are determined by the college and jobs are available both on and off-campus. You must indicate on your FAFSA that you are interested in receiving a work-study award.
Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK)
Along with tutoring and other support services this New York State program may award a grant for books and fees along with a small stipend. A student can only be accepted into the SEEK program as incoming freshman.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
TAP is a New York State education grant which assists full-time (12 or more credits), undergraduate students with their tuition costs. You must be a legal resident of New York State. (If you are considered to be a dependent student your parents must also be New York State residents.) You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students and/or their parent(s) must also meet certain income criteria and must not have exhausted their TAP eligibility, which for most students is eight (8) semesters. If you receive a TAP award, the money goes directly to the college for payment of your tuition.
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program provides federally insured, low interest, long term loans to students or parents to help cover the costs of attending college. The federal government is the lender (not a bank or other financial institution). The federal loan funds are disbursed directly to the student or the parent through the college. Student loan repayment begins six (6) months after: 1) a student graduates, 2) a student is no longer enrolled or 3) a student has been less than half-time.
For information on financial aid available to international students, please visit The City College of New York’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services at:
North Academic Center
160 Convent Avenue
New York NY 10021
The City College of New York Scholarship Program offers a variety of scholarships and programs for continuing students. To be eligible for the general scholarships, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Departmental scholarships and program GPA rules vary. Community and/or school service are considered when applications are reviewed. Some scholarships may have additional requirements.