Student Comeback

Student Comeback

Have you taken a semester or more off from your studies? This webpage provides you with the steps and information necessary to get you enrolled in time for the Spring 2022 semester.  

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Steps to get enrolled in time for Spring 2022

Step 1: Apply for Readmission

  • If your GPA is above a 2.0, fill out the readmission application at least 2 weeks before the start of the semester.
  • If your GPA is below a 2.0, complete the application in time for the Readmission Committee to review your application. May 15th for fall readmission and November 15th for spring readmission
  • Check your email for application updates and a confirmation that you’ve been term activated.

Step 2: Provide Proof of Vaccination

COVID -19--CUNY Vaccination Mandate FAQ

  • Upload your COVID-19  vaccination records to CUNYFirst by January 18
  • Continue to check the vaccination verification page in CUNYFirst until the status reflects "APPROVED." 
  • If your verification is not approved, check the notes:
    1. Your name on the vaccination record must match exactly the name on your student record in CUNYFirst. If there is a discrepancy between the names you must either request a new vaccination card or update your name through JayExpress.
    2. Your documents must be legible with no portion distorted or covered up. If the documents cannot be ready, you may need to resubmit your forms. 
  • If you do not have approved proof of vaccination on record in CUNYFirst, your in person or hybrid courses will be dropped on/by January 27 and a hold will be put on your record preventing you from registering for future semesters.  

MMR & Meningitis--John Jay Immunization Webpage

  • You will have to satisfy MMR and Meningitis immunization requirements before registering at John Jay. If you did not do so last time you were enrolled at John Jay, make sure to submit your MMR Immunizations and Meningitis Acknowledgement to by February 25.  
  • If you do not submit your immunization forms to the Health Office, your in-person or hybrid courses will be dropped after February 25, and a hold will be put on your record preventing you from registering for future semesters.  

Important Deadlines  


Step 3: Register for Spring Classes

Make sure you know what classes you need

  • Log into Degreeworks to see what areas of your degree still need to be completed. 
  • Degree Works can be accessed within your CUNYFirst Student Center (the link is on the right-hand side of the main page).

Search for classes in CUNYFirst and enroll 

  • Review on how to search and enroll in classes. 
  • If you encounter a warning message, that class may not be appropriate for you to take this spring.  
  • If you get a green check, you’re good to go!

​Be mindful of how your classes meet

Meet with an AAC advisor if you need help or have questions

  • Use DegreeWorks to help you enroll first and then meet with an advisor to avoid missing out on a class that may fill. 
  • The AAC has both walk-in hours for quick questions and longer one-on-one appointments. Visit their website to learn about accessing either appointment type.

Step 4: Apply for Financial Assistance

Check out the following financial assistance sources and check in with  John Jay’s Financial Aid Office for  more information on financial aid options and scholarships students can apply for. 


  • Submit your 2021/2022 FAFSA application to apply for federal financial aid for Spring 2022.  The FAFSA code for John Jay College is 002693.
  • NYS residents can apply for TAP directly if they were not prompted to do so when filing their FAFSA application. The TAP code for Undergraduate Students is 1414. 

Emergency Funds 
Students needing additional funds for tuition or books can apply for emergency funds. Information on the different funds available and how to apply can be found on the Emergency Funding Website

Federal ARPA Assistance
Students enrolled in the regular spring 2022 semester will have ARPA funds automatically applied to their accounts.  The amount varies by demonstrated need, so make sure to file your 2021/2022 FAFSA application!

The Acceleration Program

  • The Acceleration Program provides tuition assistance to eligible John Jay undergrads during the Summer and Winter intersessions. The goal of the Acceleration Program is to help students who have fallen behind in credit accumulation get “back on track” by taking a class in the summer/winter when they otherwise might not be able to afford it. 
  • Tuition Assistance is limited to one course per student. Eligible students for Summer 2022 will receive an invitation to participate around March 2022.

Step 5: Get Your ID

To access the John Jay Campus, students, faculty, and staff need to have a college ID. At the start of the spring semester, you can get your ID at stations in the Shiva Gallery, located in the New Building, L3, 10am to 9pm.  To obtain an ID, students will need to have:

  • Vaccination verification approval in CUNYFirst or proof of a negative COVID test
  • A copy of their Spring 2022 schedule 
  • Another form of ID to verify identity

To obtain an ID later in the semester, or request a replacement, students can visit the main office of Public Safety (L2.61 NB).