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Borrowing money to pay your tuition and other educational costs.

We understand that student loans are often a burden for recent college graduates, however, borrowing money to pay for tuition and other educational costs may be the key to realizing your educational goals.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan


Federal Direct Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. The federal government will pay the interest on subsidized loans while a student is enrolled at least half-time or has six or more units load. Eligible students must meet certain criteria such as completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have some financial need. Unsubsidized loans are available regardless of financial need. Interest is usually charged to the student and parents (see PLUS) while the student is in school and up to when the loan is paid in full.

Interest Rates

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Graduate students do not have to request an Unsubsidized Loan. Once the FAFSA is received and required documentation is completed (if any), the loan will be automatically packaged. Students would need to accept or decline the loan on CUNYFirst.

Grad PLUS: Credit-based unsubsidized Loan for Graduate Students. Students may download the form online or visit the Financial Aid office in room 1M08 to complete and submit the application.
Maximum = "Cost of attendance" less all other financial aid.

To apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan

Please view the detailed pdf version of the loan filing procedures.

Fades Workshops

Workshops are available to help students apply for federal loans, as well as understanding the borrowing and repayment process. We strongly recommend that first-time loan borrowers attend one of our Federal Loan Entrance Workshops.

Alternative Student Loan

Before applying for an alternative student --Private Education-- loan, we strongly recommend that you exhaust all of your federal loan eligibility (subsidized and unsubsidized loans).

Due to federal law, York College does not provide a preferred lender list to students. You have the right to choose to borrow your loan from any lender who participates in the program under which you are eligible to borrow.

In order for your alternative loan request to be certified by York College and processed by your lender, you must be registered with at list the minimum required credits per your lender for the semester.

Your loan period may only cover one academic school year to include Summer, Fall and Spring.

Alternative Loan requests should be forwarded to L. Brenda Brown in the Financial Aid Office. It will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks for certification to be completed.

Your disbursement date is set for nine (9) business days from the date of certification or 30 days before the first day of classes.

Once your request has been certified you will receive a Disbursement of Notification.

Once your loan check arrives, the Bursar Office will notify you by phone to come and sign the check to pay your tuition and fees.

Alternative loan refunds are handled by York College Bursar Office Rm. AC-1H01 - tel: 718.262.2180

You may log into your CUNYfirst account at any time to check the status of your loan.