Emergency Funding

Emergency Funding

Student Emergency Assistance Grant/Fund

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a small, short-term emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis by a committee.

This fund/grant is intended to be a supplemental financial resource when students are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses because of a temporary hardship surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire or water damage or need for temporary housing. Students may apply for grants/funds when they have exhausted all other resources. The grant/fund is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. The Emergency Grant/Fund is to be used as a last resort after other options have been considered i.e. savings, family contribution or loans.

How to Apply
To qualify, read our FAQ and see if you're eligible. Once you deem yourself eligible, bring in the application and check in with an Emergency Funding representative at the Wellness Center.

FAQ About Our Student Emergency Grant

Q: Who qualifies for an emergency grant?

A: The Emergency Grant is open to local and out-of-state; domestic students, including both DACA and undocumented, including both undergraduates and master’s students who are facing emergencies that are impeding their ability to continue forward in their degree program.

Students who have applied and received grants prior to Spring 2020 are not eligible to apply.

Q: What type of emergencies does the grant cover?

A: The emergency grant can cover a number of expenses and situations a student is facing. Examples include:

  • Travel expenses due to illness/death in the family;
  • Overdue utility bills;
  • Temporary loss of student’s job or income or childcare;
  • Loss of textbook, school supplies or computer;
  • Loss of clothing due to a catastrophic event;
  • Homelessness (e.g. dislocation from home due to domestic violence or natural disasters);
  • Unexpected medical and/or dental expenses


Q: What type of emergencies are not covered by the grant?

A: The types of expenses that are not covered by the emergency grant include but are not limited to:

  • Legal expenses (for divorce or child custody cases, civil or criminal cases, etc.).
  • Credit card bills, cable bills or any other personal luxury items
  • Fines on the student’s account.
  • Damage/repair fees due to campus housing.
  • Car Insurance and or payments


Q: What documentation do I need to verify an emergency?

A: Students will need the following;

  • Student Photo I.D.
  • Documentation associated with the emergency
  • Living Expenses - bills and/or past due notification
  • Medical and Dental - name and telephone number of practitioner, appointment and/or bill.
  • Rent - Lease Agreement and/or Eviction Notice, Landlord W9 Form, Rent Verification Letter
  • Illness and Death of Family Member - medical records, death certificate, obituary, etc.


Q: Can international students apply for this grant?

A: First-year international students do not qualify for this grant due to SEVIS documentation of the Affidavit of Support.

Q: I am a CUSP scholarship program student; am I eligible for this grant?

A: Non-CUSP participating students in good academic standing and is owing $1500 or less in tuition qualifies for this grant.

Q: Do I need to be a full-time, degree-seeking student?

A: In order to be eligible to apply for an emergency grant, you must be a degree-seeking student. However, full-time enrollment may not be required. This is based on how many terms you have left to complete courses needed, and when those courses are offered. In some cases, full-time enrollment will be required, but for most, it will not.

Q: Is the emergency grant available to graduate students?

A: Yes. The Emergency Grant is open to local, domestic students including graduate students at the Master’s level. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to apply.

Q: Is there a minimum total number of credits I need to have completed or minimum GPA I need to have to qualify for the grant?

A: You must have completed 90 credits and above of your degree program. Depending on the grant aid you are seeking there may be a specific minimum GPA of 2.0 as determined by the Registrar to qualify.

Q: Where do I apply for the emergency loan?

A: You may apply for an emergency loan in the Wellness Center or visit the Emergency Funding webpage at https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/emergency-funding.

Q: Is there someone I can contact if I need assistance filling out the application?

A: If you are not sure of what is being asked or requested on the application, you may reach out to maclarke@jjay.cuny.edu, nacevedo@jjay.cuny.edu, sgrant@jjay.cuny.edu; visit the Wellness Center in L68.00NB or call 212-237-8111 for assistance.

Q: Is the grant available on a first-come, first-serve basis?

A: Yes. Once the funds are exhausted, additional requests will not be considered until we have secured more funding.

Q: May I have more than $1500.00

A: No. The grant is limited to a maximum of $1500.00. The maximum award per student is capped at $1500 to allow support for the greatest number of students in need.

Q: May I have more than one emergency grant?

A: In general, the student is only eligible for one loan per academic year. Extenuating circumstances may be considered for one additional grant if specified criteria can be met. You may apply for an emergency assistance grant as many times as needed provided the requests do not exceed $1500 during your academic degree program.

Q: What are the application deadlines for the grant?

A: Application deadlines are on the last day of each academic semester (Spring/Fall).

Q: How soon can I expect to find out if I have received an emergency grant?

A: From the time of application submission, the review process can take between 7 to 15 business days for a decision, unless an urgent decision is warranted. If an urgent decision is warranted, you will receive the decision within 48 hours. However, if the application is received after normal business hours, on the weekend, or during a holiday, the process will pick up the following business day which may delay the decision.

Q: Are the funds received from the emergency grant considered taxable income?

A: Possibly. Depending on the expense(s) the grant is used for, it may be considered taxable income. Please be sure to speak to your tax accountant or CPA for more information about the impacts on your taxes.

Q: Do I have to pay the Emergency Grant back?

A: No. The emergency grant will not have to be paid back to the University as long as you meet all conditions of the grant, which is specific to each student’s situation.

Q: What is the likelihood my situation will be approved for funding?

A: There are many factors that are weighed to determine if your situation will be approved for receiving an emergency grant. First, there must be funds available in the account to award. Secondly, you must meet the qualifications to apply. Once qualified, the quality of the information provided in the application and any supplemental documentation will hold significant weight. Additionally, a student’s degree progression (how close you are to degree completion/conferral), SAP status (Standards of Academic Progress), and financial situation will all be considered by the Emergency Funding Committee.

Q: Are there required documents that must accompany an application?

A: As part of the application process, all applications must be accompanied by supporting documentation;

  • Rental Arrears: W-9 Form, Rental Agreement/Lease, Invoice indicating how much is owed, eviction notice, court documents, Rent Verification Letter, etc.
  • Utility Arrears: Recent utility bill or shut off notice
  • Book Voucher: Cart with a list of books including Shipping and handling available in the JJAY Bookstore (only)
  • Laptop Voucher: Proof of damage, NYPD/FDNY police report; Invoice; and a receipt of original laptop purchase, proof of the necessity for the use of a laptop for the course.
  • Tuition Assistance: Proof of outstanding bill via CUNYFirst or Bursar bill receipt.
  • Medical Expenses: Medical bill or Invoice of balance due
  • Child Care: Invoice, W-9 Form, and Care Provider Verification, registration of child at the Child Care facility
  • Travel Expenses: Proof of death certificate of family member/relative, Details of travel (time/date/location, documentation in the form of a death notice, funeral home information and travel reservation will be required;


Q: If I am approved for the grant, how will the grant money reach me?

A: The Emergency Grant/Fund Process is approximately 12 – 15 business days.

If it is for expenses on your student account, the Business Office will submit the award to the Bursar via the current scholarship awarding process. Bursar will process and list the award within your student financial aid for the specific term and it will disburse to the account following the standard disbursement policy.

The Carroll & Milton Petrie Fund (Students Emergency Wellness Grant - SEW)

Melquain Jatelle Anderson Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Melquain Jatelle AndersonMelquain Jatelle Anderson was a Brooklyn Knight born and raised in Brooklyn.  He lived in Sheepshead Bay but often traveled to Vinegar Hill (Farragut Houses) where his grandmother lived, his mother was raised, and he had a host of friends. At 17 years old, he started helping other young men study and pass their GED.  Melquain's aspirations were to give back to the community because he had seen so many young men give up on school.  After obtaining his Associate of Science degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), he became even more committed to making a change. Melquain transferred to John Jay College where he hoped to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree and then law school. Melquain's plan was to start a community center helping young men obtain their GEDs and attend college. Although Melquain's life was cut short before he could fulfill his dreams of giving back to the community, his family wants his dream to live on.

Student Emergency Tuition Grant (SET)

Book Voucher Program

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