The Master of Public Administration degree at The City University of New York has the lowest tuition rate of any accredited MPA program in the United States. Did you know that as an in-state resident, you can reduce your tuition by $100 per course? Out-of-state residents can reduce their tuition by $200 per course! An in-state student could save up to $1,400 and an out-of-state student can save up to $2800 off the standard CUNY MPA tuition rates. If you have an unmet financial aid need, you may qualify for differential financial tuition support.
To be considered for merit-based or need-based Differential Tuition Financial Support, you must submit a FAFSA application. For eligibility review for the fall semester, you must apply by August 1st. For eligibility review for the spring semester, you must apply by January 1st. If you have already filed a FAFSA for the current academic year, you do not have to re-file. FAFSA applications must be renewed every academic year.
Why do I need to submit a FAFSA application?
FAFSA collects the basic information needed to determine your eligibility–the unmet financial aid need. If you file the FAFSA and receive a denial notice from the state, it does not necessarily mean that you will not qualify for the Differential Tuition Financial Support.
If you file a FAFSA, you’re automatically considered for Differential Tuition Financial Support.
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FAFSA is a FREE application!!!
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General Guidelines for DTFS
The College/MPA Services offers four financial support programs, using Differential Tuition funds.
The following general rules apply:
- Only MPA students subject to the Differential Tuition rate are eligible for DTFS
- Effective Fall 2014, funding is limited to $100 per course for students paying in-state tuition and $200 per course for students paying out-of state tuition. Support is doubled for Honors Merit DTFS: $200/$400.
- Honors DTFS is determined after a student has completed 18+ credits, and has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.67.
- Students may receive funds from only one of the four DT-funded programs and, having met the criteria for one program, will not be considered for another.
- Students shall not receive financial support for more than four courses per semester.
- All determinations of eligibility for DTFS shall be made at the time of admissions, and with the exception of Honors DTFS—which is determined after 18 credits—shall apply for the duration of matriculation, provided that the student maintains satisfactory academic progress as specified below. DTFS eligibility shall be communicated, if possible, to the student in the admissions letter. Students shall not be required to requalify for DTFS, but may apply for reconsideration if new circumstances might enable the student to qualify for DTFS.
Continuing eligibility for DTFS requires satisfactory academic progress, which is defined as the following:
- Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. A cumulative GPA below 3.0 is permitted for one semester, but a GPA below 3.0 for more than one consecutive semester constitutes unsatisfactory progress, which disqualifies the student for DTFS for that academic year.
- Students must complete at least two courses per academic year or one course during the first year if the student is admitted for the Spring semester.
- Students in non-matriculated status must comply with the conditions of non-matriculation.
- Students must pass the MPAQE within the first two regular semesters of study, or they will be disqualified for DFTS for the third semester.
- Students must comply with the terms of textbook and device loans from MPA Services
- Students must have a Degree Completion Plan on file with MPA Services and must be complying with the original or revised version of it. Failure to comply can result in suspension of DTFS for a semester.
Changes in satisfactory academic progress will be communicated to Financial Aid by the end of July for the Fall semester and by January 15th for the Spring semester.
Students who withdraw from courses and are eligible for tuition refund shall not receive a refund for the portion of tuition for which any differential tuition financial support was applied.
The following is a summary of the eligibility requirements for the three financial support programs:
- Academic Merit Financial support: The student must have, at the time of eligibility determination, a graduate or undergraduate (in the case of newly admitted applicants) GPA of 3.25 or above. The student has an unmet financial aid need as defined through the FAFSA application.
- Academic Honors Financial support: The student must have, after completing 18 credits, and a graduate GPA of 3.67 or above. The student has an unmet financial aid need as defined through the FAFSA application.
- Military Service Financial support: The student is receiving tuition benefits or assistance based on current or prior military service and the differential tuition increment is not covered by the assistance involved.
- Public Service Financial support: The student has completed an admissions application and an MPA Director or designee has determined that the student has a record of public service in one or more categories including of the following: volunteer and career uniformed service, public and independent sector employment, public service internship, student council or student activities service, college employment in temporary service including work-study service. A student may also qualify based on a prospective commitment to a special public service activity completed with the JJCCJ Office of Community Outreach. The student must also have an unmet financial aid need as defined through the FAFSA application. In exceptional circumstances, the MPA Directors may approve eligibility without a FAFSA determination.
To be eligible for consideration for Differential Tuition financial support, the following deadlines apply:
- Continuing students must have filed a FAFSA application and registered for classes by August 1st in order to be considered for financial support applicable to the following fall, spring, and summer semesters.
- New students must have filed a FAFSA application by August 1st for eligibility review for the fall semester or January 1st or eligibility review for the spring semester, or May 1st for eligibility for the summer semester.
- FAFSA applications must be renewed every academic year.
The Office of Financial Aid will determine eligibility, based on College records available at the time that eligibility is evaluated, for the Academic Merit Financial support and the Military Service Financial support. No application is required for this determination.
The Office of Graduate Admissions and the MPA Deputy Director for Admissions shall identify students who, at the time of admission are not eligible for Academic Merit Financial Support but who may be eligible for the Public Service Financial Support based on a record of volunteer service. The Office of Graduate Admissions and the MPA Deputy Director for Admissions shall provide the Office of Financial Aid the names of such students.
The Office of Financial Aid shall then review the FAFSA applications and make the final determinations as to eligibility for the Public Service Financial support.
If you have questions regarding DTFS, please email MPA Advising at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do I need to submit a FAFSA application?
FAFSA collects the basic information needed to determine your eligibility – the unmet financial aid need. If you file the FAFSA and receive a denial notice from the state, it does not necessarily mean that you will not qualify for the Differential Tuition Financial Support.
2. After I submit my FAFSA application, what do I do?
There are no additional steps needed after submitting a FAFSA application.
3. How do I know if I qualify for DTFS?
After submitting your FAFSA application, you will receive a confirmation with a summary of your application (Student Aid Report). If you have “estimated needs” you will qualify for DTFS.
4. How do I receive DTFS?
DTFS is applied as a tuition credit. If the tuition credit is applied after your tuition balance is 0, you may receive a refund check by post-mail or direct deposit into your back account. To receive DTFS direct deposit, please contact the Bursars Office to sign up for direct deposit.
A tuition credit will appear on your CUNYFirst account as “MPA Program Waiver”.
5. When will I receive DTFS?
The following are estimated dates:
Fall: End of October
Spring: End of February
Summer: End of June
6. What if I submit my FAFSA application after the deadline?
Although we cannot guarantee that you will be eligible to receive DTFS, we encourage you to submit a FASFA application as soon as possible to determine eligibility for the following semester. If you submit your FAFSA after the deadline, please contact MPA Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff will respond within 72 hours of your email inquiry.