STEM Waiver Tuition Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are STEM Waivers?

STEM Waivers are a great way to catch up, make up, and complete your degree sooner.

Thanks to a generous grant to CUNY schools, students at QCC have been given the chance to accumulate STEM credits. Whether you are working towards you Associates in Biotechnology, Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice or Business Administration, there is a class for you.

And the best news: tuition for this course IS FREE!

2. How do I know which courses are considered STEM courses?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, any course in one of these disciplines is a STEM course. Others courses that are STEM include Psychology, CIS courses and BU-203.

3. When are STEM waivers offered?

These tuitions waivers for students are available in the winter and summer sessions on a first-come, first- served basis only.

4. Do I qualify for a STEM Waiver?

To qualify for a STEM Waiver you must be:

  • A Queensborough Community College student in a degree or certificate program
  • In good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher at the time of submitting your application)
  • Freshmen and Transfer students enrolled in the current semester with a GPA of 0.0 are also eligible
  • In good financial standing (for example, no Bursar holds on your student account)
  • A legal permanent resident of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx or Staten Island)

In addition be aware that:

  • You cannot apply for a course that you are currently taking
  • You cannot repeat a course if you received a grade of C or better
  • The course must be required in your degree program

5.  How many courses can I take in the winter session?

In the winter session, you can take one STEM course and the course must be required in your degree program.

6. How many courses can I take in the summer session?

  • You will be allowed to take up to 7 credits
  • You must take one STEM course
  • You may take one non-STEM course required in your degree program in addition to the STEM course

7. What are new changes for summer 2019?

  • The courses can be taken over both summer sessions
  • If you are taking two courses, the STEM course must be taken in the first summer session. If you are only taking one STEM course, you can register for the class either session.
  • The STEM course must have greater than or equal credits to the non-STEM course
  • If you are a continuing student, you must be registered for the Fall 2019 semester to receive the waiver. This rule does not apply to students graduating in the summer session.

8. How do I sign up?

The STEM waiver application is filled out and submitted online.  You can access this application a few months before the session begins.  A link will be included on QCC’s home page, directing you to the session you are interested in. In order for your application to be reviewed, you must be registered for the course prior to submitting your application. If you have any issues accessing the application, please contact us at 718-281-5126 or email at . You may also visit us in the Library Building, room L-105.

9. What is the best way to choose my course?

Please consult with your adviser regarding course selection prior to submitting your application.

10. When should I register for the course?

You must register for the course for which you have applied before you submit the application. If you are not registered at the time of application, your application will not be reviewed.

11. Will I still get the course tuition for free if I drop the class?

No. The waiver is only available to students who complete approved courses with a letter grade of A-F. You will not receive the waiver if you receive a grade of W, WU, WN, WD, INC or any grade other than A-F. In the event that you drop the class (es), you will be charged the full tuition amount.

12. Is my course fully free?

No. The STEM Tuition Waiver Program only covers the tuition cost. You are responsible for any additional fees in your account. These include student fees and material fees.

13. What are student fees?

These are fees that all students are responsible for paying. These fees are in addition to tuition, other fees, and charges. For a list of fees, click here

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