Parents and Families Corner

What are some of the differences between high school and college?

There are many differences between High School and College – from students’ responsibilities to their schedules. Here are a few that we hope will be helpful during this transition.

High School

  • Parents can access their student's record and obtain their grades.
  • Schedules are mostly created in advance for students.
  • Parents can advocate for their students.
  • A typical school year lasts for 10 months (September - June)
  • Students can meet with their teachers before or after class.
  • Families can discuss a student's accommodations with their school.


  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act if 1974 (FERPA) prohibits colleges from sharing a student's record without their written consent.
  • Students choose their classes and their class times. 
  • Students must practice self-advocacy.
  • A school year is broken up into 2 semesters (Fall, Spring) and 2 shorter sessions (Winter, Summer)
  • College professors have specific office hours for meeting with students. 
  • Students who require special accommodations can contact the appropriate office themselves to discuss their accommodations. 

Enrollment Checklist – Students to do list

Our Enrollment Checklist will be emailed to all students.  The checklist provides students with the tasks that must be completed to ensure they are ready to begin classes on the first day of the semester. Please encourage your student to check their email daily. We encourage you to contact the Office of New Student Engagement with any questions or concerns.

Email our New Student Engagement Staff


There are deadlines associated with many of the enrollment steps for incoming students. For example, the submission of health and immunization records, high school transcripts or diplomas, tuition payments and adding/dropping classes. It is crucial that students maintain an awareness and adhere to these deadlines. This will ensure they remain on track to begin their semester. Please encourage them to check their emails and the College’s academic calendar regularly for these important dates.  Students should also consult with an admissions counselor to clarify their ‘next steps’ in the process.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords privacy to the education records of students who are enrolled or have attended a postsecondary institution. This law applies to all institutions that have received funds from programs under the U.S. Department of Education.  Under FERPA, a parent’s access to their student’s education record transfers to the student when he or she turns 18, or are attending a postsecondary institution. 

Visit our FERPA webpage

Paying for College

Most QCC students use financial aid to pay their semester charges by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).   Information and financial aid counseling is provided through our Office of Financial Services.  Incoming and continuing students and their families can access information on important financial aid topics 24/7 through Financial Aid TV (FATV). Additionally, eligible students can receive financial assistance through various grants and scholarships. Students can also pay for their semester charges by signing up for payment plans.

Paying for College Paying for Tuition and Other Charges

Benefits and Support Services

  • Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) connects students and their families to a variety of resources and coordinates access to benefits based on eligibility. Free tax preparation and legal services are also available to those who qualify.
  • QCC Food Pantry: Studies have shown that students who experience food insecurity find it difficult to focus on their studies. This can ultimately result in lower grades and delayed graduation. To address this concern, food pantries can be found on most CUNY campuses, including QCC. The pantry follows a monthly schedule and is staffed by faculty and other campus volunteers.
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Computing Center
  • Academic Advisement

Office of Accessibility Services

If a student needs accommodation(s) due to a disability, please contact Queensborough's Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at 718-631-6257.

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.