Emergency Funding

Emergency Funding

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Thanks to the generosity of the Petrie Foundation and other donors John Jay provides a host of resources to help students. Special supports available to help our currently enrolled students who are facing emergency financial hardships, including:


If you are facing a temporary hardship surrounding situations such as an accident, illness, fire or water damage, or need for temporary housing, you can apply for an emergency grant. Emergency grants are a last resort to help you meet immediate and essential expenses or tuition. Emergency grants do not have to be repaid. Emergency funding applications are carefully reviewed and approved or denied on a case-by-case basis by a committee. The committee will contact you if they have questions or need more information about your application.

SPRING Application Deadline: May 15th
FALL Application Deadline: December 15th 

First, read our FAQs to see if you're eligible. 

FAQs About Our Student Emergency Grants
Please Note: Question 11 in the FAQs will need documentation to be submitted with your application.


Q1:  What is the purpose of a Student Emergency grant?
A1: A Student Emergency grant is intended to provide one time financial assistance for essential expenses or tuition  to students experiencing a temporary hardship surrounding unusual or unforeseen situations such as an accident, fire or water damage, or need for temporary housing. The Student Emergency grant is not a replacement for Financial Aid, Loan Options, Scholarship and/or Stipend. Students may apply for emergency grants as a last resort after other options have been considered such as savings, family contributions, or loans. Emergency grants are not intended to replace existing financial aid.

Q2: What type of emergency expenses does a Student Emergency grant cover?
A2: A Student Emergency grant can cover a number of expenses and situations a student might face. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Tuition ($2,000.00 or less)
  • Utility bills (heat, gas, or electricity)
  • Rent arrears
  • Loss of clothing due to a catastrophic event
  • Cleaning expenses related to natural disasters
  • Unexpected medical and/or dental expenses that impacts academic progress
  • Short-term shelter for a students experiencing housing insecurity
  • Loss of textbooks (Please apply to the Emergency Book Voucher program)


Q3: What type of emergency expenses CANNOT be covered by a Student Emergency grant?
A3: Types of expenses that are not covered by a Student Emergency grant include, but are not limited to:

  • IRS tax bill
  • Internet bill
  • Storage units
  • House repairs
  • Cell phone bill
  • Credit card bills
  • Moving expenses
  • Furniture expenses
  • Pet related expenses
  • Personal luxury items
  • Laptops/ laptop repairs
  • Family funeral expenses
  • Household/laundry items
  • Fines on student’s account
  • Campus residential housing
  • Student loans/personal loans
  • Reimbursements of bills already paid
  • Travel expenses due to illness/ death in the family
  • Entertainment, recreation, or other non-essential expenses
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household or furniture costs
  • Car repairs, insurance and/or car note/lease payments
  • Medical/Dental/Health insurance (co-payments, cosmetics,co-payment bills, past due bills)
  • Legal expenses (for divorce or child custody cases, civil or criminal cases, etc.)
  • Food cost (Please apply to the John Jay Food Pantry)


Q4: Is there a maximum amount for a Student Emergency grant?
A4: Yes. Maximum award is $2,000.00. The distribution of grant awards will not exceed $2000. All requested amounts will be subject to be reported on a W-9 form, as required by tax regulations.


Q5: Who is eligible for a Student Emergency grant?
You are eligible to apply for a Student Emergency grant if you are currently enrolled at John Jay as either a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate degree student, including if you are an undocumented student, student with DACA, or international student. Students must complete at least one semester. 
Once you are eligible to apply, there are additional factors that are weighed to determine if your application will be approved

  • You must complete this application in its entirety.  All information will be verified by Emergency Funding CARES coordinator, Academic, financial, and student conduct information may be used to determine eligibility. Applications submitted without supporting documents will NOT be reviewed. 
  •  There must be funds available and approving your application must be consistent with all applicable laws. 
  • Your degree progression (how close you are to degree completion/conferral), SAP status (Standards of Academic Progress (GPA)), and financial situation (including, as appropriate, financial aid) will all be considered by the Emergency Funding Committee. 


Q6: I am an international student; can I apply for a Student Emergency grant?
A6: Yes.

Q7: I am a CUSP student; can I apply for a Student Emergency grant?
A7: CUSP students can receive a Student Emergency grant to cover emergency expenses, but not to cover tuition. CUSP students who need money for tuition should contact their CUSP advisor to apply for the CUSP completion grant program.

Q8: I am a graduate degree student; can I apply for a Student Emergency grant?
A8: Yes.

Q9: Do I need to be a full-time, degree-seeking student?
A9: No. You must be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student, but full-time enrollment is not required. On a case-by-case basis, the number of credits enrolled can be a factor in whether a Student Emergency grant application is approved.

Q10: May I receive more than one emergency grant?
A10: A student may only receive an emergency grant once per John Jay academic lifetime. In extraordinary circumstances, an appeal may be submitted to request an exception to this rule on a case by case basis. If you need to submit an appeal, please complete the emergency grant application and submit additional information explaining the extraordinary circumstances as part of the appeal section in the application. 

Q11: What documentation do I need to verify an emergency?

A11: You will need the following:

  • Your student photo I.D.;
  • Documentation showing your efforts, if any, to obtain funding from other sources. For example, indicate if you have filed a FAFSA, or applied for other scholarship or funding opportunities documentation associated with your current emergency.
  • Some expenses and emergency situations and examples of the types of required associated documents are:
    Tuition: bursar bill
    Utility expenses (heat, gas, or electricity): bills, past-due notifications, shut-off notices;( Submit a letter written and signed by the account holder which includes the student’s name, address of service, account number and the address the bill is payable too for bills that are not in the student’s name).
    Rent: Active lease agreement, eviction notice, rent verification letter (written and signed by the primary tenant of the apartment, the letter must include the student’s name, address, the amount the student is responsible to pay for rent each month), invoice, court documents, W-9 formCUNY Payee form, and voided check completed by the building management office.
  • Unforeseen Medical Bill: Medical Facility invoice, W-9 form, discharge documents from the hospital.



Q12: Is the grant available on a first-come, first-serve basis?
A12: Applications are processed in the order they are received, but you are not guaranteed a grant simply because you apply before someone else—instead, you must meet all the criteria described here, and the committee must approve your application. Approval of applications is based on the availability of funds raised.

Q13: How soon can I expect to find out if I have received a Student Emergency grant?
A13: Once a completed application is received (including all required documents), the approval process can take up to 15 business days. When there is a high volume of applications, however, it can take up to 30 days.


Q14: If I am approved for the grant, how will the money reach me?
A14: If your grant is for tuition, the money will be deposited directly into your CUNY First account. For all other funds, payments will be provided to third parties only (for example, a landlord for rent, or utility service provider).

Q15: Are the funds received from the emergency grant considered taxable income?
A15: Possibly. Depending on the expense(s) the grant is used for, it may be considered taxable income. For more information about how receiving an emergency grant could impact your taxes, please be sure to speak to your financial advisor or tax preparer.

Q16: Do I have to pay the Student Emergency grant back?
A16: No. 

Q17: What are the application deadlines for the Student Emergency grant?

A17: Yes.

  • SPRING Application Deadline: May 15th

  • FALL Application Deadline: December 15th 

All supporting documents must be provided within 14 days of application submission. 

Q18: Who can I contact if I need assistance filling out the application?

A18: If you have questions, you can email emergencyfunding@jjay.cuny.edu

Click Here for Emergency Funding Application


Here’s how to apply:

Apply For Emergency Housing and Utilities 
Apply For Student Emergency Tuition Assistance 
Apply For Emergency Transportation