Graduate Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid offers federal financial aid designed to assist graduate students in financing their college education. Most graduate students fund their education at Brooklyn College through a Ford Federal Direct Loan. You may download a direct loan application form. Graduate programs can sometimes provide full or partial tuition waivers for students with outstanding academic credentials.

For application instruction, please visit our Filing FAFSA for Graduate Students page. 

Federal financial aid is divided into three basic categories: federal work-study and loans, which can be used individually or in combination to help finance your Brooklyn College education. Work-study assistance will allow you to earn money to help pay for part of your educational expenses by working part-time on campus and off campus. Federal student loans require that you first participate in entrance and exit interviews with the college's Office of Financial Aid, and agree to repay the principal and interest on such loans upon completion of your studies. You should also be aware that federal financial aid programs change frequently, so the types and amounts of awards may vary annually, based on available funds and changes in the status of your financial need.

  • Title IV or Federal Code Number: 002687        

Cost of Attendance 

The following estimates the costs of academic year 2014–15 may help students determine if they need assistance. The estimates are based on full-time study (12 credits) for New York State residents while attending school for a nine month budgeted year. Please note that a student’s budget can increase or decrease based on semester (summer, fall, winter and spring) enrollment status and other individual circumstances. 

Students Living at Home

Books and Supplies $1,304

Transportation (MetroCard) $1,020

Lunch $1,148

Personal Expense $1,798

Room and Board $1,918

Total Variable Cost $7,188 + Tuition and fees

Students Living Away from Home

Books and Supplies $1,304

Transportation (MetroCard) $1,020

Lunch $1,148

Food at home $2,020

Personal Expense $4,106

Housing $10,386

Total Variable Cost $19,984 + Tuition and fees

Adjustments to a student's budget are possible by submitting to the Office of Financial Aid a request for a budget adjustment accompanied by a more detailed personal budget of the student.

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service and work related to the recipient's course of study.

Financial Aid Loans

Unlike grants or work-study, loans are a form of financial aid that you must pay back at interest rates that are typically lower than consumer rates, usually not until after your studies have been completed. The size of the loan you seek and commit to should be determined only after all available gift-aid has been applied for. You should also determine whether the loan you choose has an interest-free grace period before repayment begins and if all or some of the loan may be deferred or repaid after graduation.

Federal TEACH Grant Program 

Offered to matriculated graduate student and does not require repayment so long as the student completes the program. To be considered for this federal financial aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen admitted as at least a half-time student to an approved degree program and must maintain satisfactory academic progress to preserve your continuing aid eligibility. (Students not yet admitted into an approved degree program do not qualify)

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve, which you agree to (among other requirements) teach: in a high-need field; at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant. 

If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf). 

Your Responsibilities

  • Keep all your contact information (postal address, e-mail and telephone) current by updating your CUNYfirst account as soon as any changes occur.
  • Check your Brooklyn College e-mail and your CUNYfirst account frequently for messages regarding your financial aid status and your student account.
  • Complete your applications accurately and provide correct information at all times. Reporting false information is a violation of the law and may be considered a criminal offense.
  • Be aware of and meet all deadlines for applying or reapplying for financial aid. You must complete your applications sufficiently in advance so that processing may be completed by the stated deadline.
  • Submit any additional information or documents required by the Financial Aid Office before the stated deadline.
  • Keep your parents informed of all financial aid requirements and deadlines if you are a dependent student.
  • Read and understand all forms you are asked to sign and keep a copy of each.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office if the information reported on your financial aid application has changed.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office if at any time during the year you receive any type of financial assistance that is not listed on your award notice.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office if you are receiving financial aid for attendance at another institution while attending Brooklyn College.
  • Know and comply with all terms, conditions and policies associated with the awards you receive.
  • Begin attendance in your classes to qualify for any financial aid payments. Financial aid is awarded with the expectation that you will attend school for the entire period for which your aid was intended.
  • Continue to make satisfactory academic progress in your program of study according to college and CUNY standards.

Your Rights

  • Know what financial aid programs are available, including information on all federal and state grants, loans and institutional financial aid programs. 
  • Know the application procedures and deadlines for each of the available financial aid programs. Learn more about how to apply. Learn more about when to apply.
  • Know how your financial aid eligibility is determined. Learn more.
  • Know how financial aid is awarded and the basis for these decisions. Learn more.
  • Know how and when financial aid is disbursed. Learn more.
  • Know how Brooklyn College determines whether or not you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens if you are not. Learn more.
  • Ask a financial aid counselor to review your financial situation and, if warranted, redetermine your eligibility for assistance if something has changed in your family circumstances such as loss of job or other drastic changes in your family's financial situation. Learn more. Applicable forms: Income Adjustment, Dependency Override, Expense Adjustment Worksheet, as well as other general financial aid forms can be found on our Resources and Forms page.
  • Confidentiality of your personal information. All records and information submitted with your application for financial aid are confidential, and subject to legal requirements concerning disclosure of such information. Learn more.
  • Know about the college's tuition refund policies if you have to withdraw from school after the semester begins. Learn more.
  • Know what effect withdrawals will have on your eligibility for financial aid payments. Learn more.
  • You have additional rights and responsibilities if you receive a Federal Perkins LoanFederal Direct Loan or Federal Work-Study.