How to apply:
A student seeking a loan under the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program must first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine student eligibility. After completing the FAFSA the student must login to their CUNYfirst account to complete a Direct Loan request Form. The Federal Direct Loan request form can be found in CUNYfirst under the Student Services Center tab. First time borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN). This should be done by visiting www.studentloans.gov.
This program provides low-interest loans totaling up to $31,000 for “Dependent” students and $57,000 for “Independent” students to cover undergraduate work. An eligible Queensborough student who is enrolled at least halftime (six credits and/equated credits) may borrow up to a total of $3,500 for the freshman year and up to a total of $4,500 for the sophomore year. The amount of the loan will be determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). No payments are required while the student is in school. Repayments begins six months after the student graduates, withdraws, or falls below half-time (6 credits).
There are two types of Federal Stafford Loans
Parents may borrow up to the total cost of education minus other aid for each dependent child.
Queensborough Community College participates in the Federal Perkins Loan Program. Applicants may borrow up to a maximum of $5,000 during their first two years at Queensborough, provided they remain in good standing. Financial need and availability of Federal funds determine the amount a student may receive. No interest is charged during the time the borrower is enrolled as a qualified student. Upon termination of study, a period of grace extends for nine months before payments begins at 5 percent simple interest for up to a ten-year repayment period. Application is made through the Office of Student Financial Services by completing the FAFSA. To continue their eligibility, students must be enrolled at least half-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress as stated under the PELL program.