Emergency Funding

Emergency Funding

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John Jay provides a host of resources to help students.  The full range of available resources is listed on our Student Resources Page.  Thanks to the generosity of donors, we also have special supports available to help our currently enrolled students who are facing emergency financial hardships, including:

  • our food pantry with nutritious food available for you and your household,
  • long-term laptop loans to make sure you can stay on track in class,
  • scholarship support to help you pay for tuition,
  • book vouchers to help you get textbooks,
  • emergency grant funding to help you pay for essential expenses or tuition due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.

 

How to Apply for Emergency Grants
If you are facing a temporary hardship surrounding situations such as an accident, illness, death of a family member, 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.  Here’s how to apply:

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

2.  Then, complete and submit the application. (PLEASE NOTE: You will need to have required documentation ready to submit your application.)

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

FAQs About Our Student Emergency Grants

Q1:  What is the purpose of a Student Emergency grant?
A1: A Student Emergency grant is intended to provide a supplemental financial resource to students who are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses or tuition because of a temporary hardship surrounding situations such as an accident, illness, death of a family member, fire or water damage, or need for temporary housing. 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: Who qualifies for a Student Emergency grant?
A2: The Student Emergency grant is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate degree students, including undocumented students and students with DACA.

Q3: What type of emergency expenses does a Student Emergency grant cover?
A3: A Student Emergency grant can cover a number of expenses and situations a student might face. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Tuition or school fees;
  • Travel expenses due to illness/death in the family;
  • Utility bills;
  • Internet services bill for distance-learning purposes;
  • Temporary loss of student’s job or income or childcare;
  • Loss of textbooks or school supplies;
  • 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; and
  • Car repairs.

 

Q4: What type of emergency expenses cannot be covered by a Student Emergency grant?
A4: Types of expenses that are not covered by a Student Emergency grant include, but are not limited to:

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

 

Q5: What documentation do I need to verify an emergency?
A5: 

Students will need the following:

1.     Their student photo I.D.; 

2.    Documentation showing the student’s 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; and

3.    Documentation associated with the student’s current emergency. 

When you fill out the emergency grant application, it will ask you to attach the required documents for your situation. Some expenses and emergency situations and examples of the types of required associated documents are:

· Tuition or school supplies: outstanding bill from CUNYFirst or bursar bill;

· Living expenses: bills, past-due notifications, shut-off notices;

· Medical or dental: contact information for the medical or dental provider and information about upcoming appointment or a copy of a quote, invoice, or bill for past service in your name;

· Rent: lease agreement, eviction notice, rent verification letter, invoice, court documents;

· Illness or death of family member: medical records, death certificate, obituary; and

· Travel related to death of family member: death certificate, details of travel, funeral home information.

As explained in Question and Answer 20 below, you may choose to receive money directly or instead to have John Jay pay someone else (for example, your landlord for rent, or your doctor for a medical bill). If you choose to have John Jay pay someone else, you must submit a W-9 tax form with that person’s information.

 

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: How do I apply for a Student Emergency grant?
A10: You may apply for a Student Emergency grant by filling this form.

Q11: Who can I contact if I need assistance filling out the application?
A11: If you have questions, you can email emergencyfunding@jjay.cuny.edu.

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: Is there a maximum amount for a Student Emergency grant?
A13: Yes. Award amounts will vary based upon the situation and the expenses submitted by the student applicant, but the award per student is generally capped at $1,500 to allow support for the greatest number of students in need. As explained in Question/Answer 14, a student is generally allowed only one grant per academic year, regardless of the amount.

Q14: May I receive more than one emergency grant?
A14: There is no limit on the number of times a student can apply, but in general, a student may only receive one emergency grant per academic year (beginning with the fall semester). 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 information explaining the extraordinary circumstances as part of the appeal section in the application.

Q15: What are the application deadlines for the Student Emergency grant?
A15: There is no deadline. Applications are accepted at any time.   

Q16: How soon can I expect to find out if I have received a Student Emergency grant?
A16: 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.  If an urgent decision is needed, we attempt to give you a decision within 48 hours. If you need to request special consideration for an urgent decision, please email emergencyfunding@jjay.cuny.edu with information about your situation.

Q17: Are the funds received from the emergency grant considered taxable income?
A17: 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.  You can meet with a financial advisor through a free service offered through the Wellness Center by scheduling a virtual appointment.

Q18: Do I have to pay the Student Emergency grant back?
A18: No.

Q19: What is the likelihood that my application will be approved?
A19: There are many factors that are weighed to determine if your application will be approved. First, there must be funds available. Second, you must meet the eligibility criteria and approving your application must be consistent with all applicable laws. Once qualified, you must submit accurate and complete information with your application. Finally, 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.

Q20: If I am approved for the grant, how will the money reach me?
A20: If your grant is for tuition, the money will be deposited directly into your tuition account. For all other funds, you can choose to receive the money yourself or to have John Jay College pay someone else (for example, a landlord for rent, or a doctor for a medical bill). If you choose to receive the money yourself, it will be direct deposited into the account you have set up through CUNYfirst. If you don’t have direct deposit set up, a check will be mailed to the address listed in CUNYfirst.

Click Here for Emergency Funding Application

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.

Named for Melquain Anderson who transferred to John Jay after he completed his associate degree and lost his life before he could fulfill his dream of helping young men go to college, the MASE grant provides emergency funding so students can stay in school.

Maximum award: $500

WHAT IT COVERS

  • Loss of housing or dislocation from home
  • Medical expense
  • Temporary loss of income
  • Loss of clothing or school supplies due to a catastrophic event
  • Emergency tuition assistance

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Current students with GPA under 2.0.

HOW TO APPLY
Students may apply for a MASE in the Wellness Center or visit the Emergency Funding webpage.

CONTACT
Wellness Center: Malaine Clarke, 212-621-4101, maclarke@jjay.cuny.edu, NB, L.68.00

Book Voucher Program

With funding from the Petrie Foundation, the College provides book vouchers to current students who need help with obtaining books for their courses

Maximum award: $100–$500

WHAT IT COVERS

  • Books

WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Current students who have paid tuition to the College.

HOW TO APPLY
Students may apply for a Book Voucher in the Wellness Center or visit the Emergency Funding webpage.

CONTACT
Wellness Center: Malaine Clarke, 212-621-4101, maclarke@jjay.cuny.edu, NB, L.68.00 

FAQs About Book Vouchers

Q1: Who can apply?
A1: Students must be currently registered for courses and have paid tuition to the College

Q2: How can I apply?
A2: Email the emergency funding mailbox at emergencyfunding@jjay.cuny.edu and include a a copy of your course syllabus and a link to your book cart including shipping and handling from the John Jay College Bookstore (only).

Q3: When can a Book Voucher be requested?
A3: Students are encouraged to secure their textbooks early in the semester to ensure their academic success.  Therefore, priority is given to applications submitted within the first two weeks of classes.

Q4: How does it work?
A4: A student can receive a Book Voucher once per semester in order to purchase up to $500.00 worth of textbooks and/or textbook codes. Because of this limit, before requesting a Book Voucher students are encouraged to check that all the textbooks and/or class codes they need to order with the Book Voucher are available at the John Jay College Bookstore.

Q5: Do I have to pay the Book Voucher back?
A5: No

Q6: Can I buy class codes with my Book Voucher?
A6: Yes. You can purchase only books and/or class codes listed on your class schedule.

Q7: Can I get a cash refund on my purchases?
A7: No. The Book Voucher has NO CASH VALUE.

CLICK HERE for the book voucher application.