Emergency Funding

At John Jay College, we understand that unexpected financial challenges can impact your ability to focus on your education. That's why we offer various emergency support services designed to assist students during times of need. Thanks to the generosity of the Carrol & Milton Petrie Foundation, Gerstner Philanthropies, and other donors, John Jay provides emergency support services to help our currently enrolled students facing emergency financial hardships. 

  • Emergency grants provide one-time support for students facing temporary or unexpected financial hardships that threaten their ability to continue their education. Students may receive these grants at any point during their academic career. 
  • Emergency grants are not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, to serve as a debt diversion program, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid.
  • Students may only apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources, payment plans, additional student aid, assistance from family/friends, and other personal resources.
  • If funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid.

These services are part of our commitment to supporting your academic journey and ensuring that financial hardships do not hinder your success. Whether you're facing a setback or need temporary assistance, we're here to help you navigate these challenges and thrive at John Jay College.


Types of Emergency Supports 

Transportation: We offer emergency transportation assistance to help students facing urgent transportation challenges. This support can cover public transit fares or emergency travel expenses, ensuring that students can continue their education without interruptions.

Apply here: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/emergency-metro-card-program

Tuition: This grant is designed to cover immediate tuition-related expenses due to unforeseen circumstances, such as accidents, illnesses, family emergencies, or sudden changes in financial status, with the primary goal of ensuring continuity of students' studies. 

Apply here: https://johnjaycollege-ugmtg.formstack.com/forms/sefgrantapp

Housing/Utility: This grant is intended to cover essential housing and utility expenses, ensuring that students can maintain stable living conditions during times of crisis and navigate challenging circumstances with financial peace of mind. 

Apply here: https://petriestudentemergency.formstack.com/forms/petrie_student_emergency_grants

Book Vouchers: To alleviate the financial burden of educational expenses, we provide book vouchers that can be used to purchase necessary textbooks and course materials for students.  

Read more here: 

Food Pantry: This initiative is aimed at ensuring that students have access to essential meals, thereby promoting their overall well-being and academic success. Our food pantry is stocked with nutritious food items to assist students and their households during difficult times. 

Apply here: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/sites/default/files/2023-11/Pantry_Bank_Application_2023.pdf

Meal Vouchers/Plan: Students can avail meal vouchers or plans to access on-campus dining facilities, ensuring consistent access to nutritious meals throughout the semester.  

Apply here: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/sites/default/files/2023-08/EF-Food-Voucher-Application%202023.pdf


Q1:  What type of emergency expenses does a Student Emergency Grant cover?
A1: A Student Emergency Grant can cover a number of expenses and situations. Examples include, but are not limited to:

Unforeseen/Temporary Examples

  • Accident or Illness: A student is involved in a car accident and needs immediate financial assistance for medical bills or transportation.
  • Fire or Water Damage: A student's apartment or residence is affected by fire/water damage, requiring funds for temporary housing or essential items.
  • Homelessness or Eviction Risk: A student at risk of eviction due to inability to pay rent/faces homelessness.
  • Natural Disaster: A student's residence or community is affected by a natural disaster (e.g., flooding, tornado).
  • Utility Shutoffs: A student's utilities (e.g., electricity, cooking gas) are at risk of being shut off due to unpaid bills, requiring urgent funds to prevent disconnection.
  • Medical Emergencies: A student experiences a medical emergency requiring costly treatment outside of insurance coverage or hospitalization within the past 30 days
  • Loss of Essential Property: A student's essential school belongings are lost/damaged beyond repair requiring replacement.
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse: A student experiences domestic violence or abuse, requiring funds for temporary shelter or relocation.
  • Unforeseen Childcare Costs: A student unexpectedly incurs additional childcare expenses due to a caregiver's unavailability or emergency.
  • Loss of Scholarship or Financial Aid: A student's scholarship or financial aid is unexpectedly revoked or reduced, impacting their ability to cover tuition or living expenses.
  • Transportation Issues: A student's primary mode of transportation (e.g., car) breaks down unexpectedly, requiring alternative transportation costs.

Non-Qualifying Examples

  • Non-Emergency Medical Expenses: Routine medical check-ups, health insurance elective/cosmetic surgeries, or ongoing medical treatments, copays, or past-due medical bills.
  • Non-Sudden Housing Needs: Planned moves, regularly anticipated fixed expenses (rent, mortgage  Payments) without facing imminent  eviction or homelessness.
  • Regular Educational Expenses: Tuition bill  for an upcoming semester, academic fees, fees that are part of  typical academic planning and study abroad costs.  Note: Regular tuition costs are  expected as part of ongoing educational expenses.
  • Standard Transportation Costs: Regular commuting expenses are part of usual budgeting; not a sudden/unforeseen issue.
  • Standard Utility Bills: Monthly electricity, water, internet bills, cable bills that are within normal usage and budgeted for regularly.
  • Routine Childcare Expenses: Regular expenses for childcare or daycare services that are part of a family's ongoing budget.
  • Reimbursement: For example: paid tuition cost, unpaid loans/debts, credit card bills, etc.
  • Non-essential utilities: For example, cable, cell phone bill, etc.


Q2: Is there a maximum amount for a Student Emergency Grant?
A2: The maximum award is $3,000.00. All requested amounts will be subject to be reported on a W-9 form as required by tax regulations.

Q3: Who is eligible for a Student Emergency Grant?
A3: 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 the application in its entirety. All information will be verified by an Emergency Funding coordinator and 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) 2.0 undergraduate and 3.0 graduate), and financial situation (including, as appropriate, financial aid) will all be considered by the Emergency Funding Committee.


Q4: I am an international student. Can I apply for a Student Emergency Grant?
A4: Yes.


Q5: I am a CUSP student. Can I apply for a Student Emergency Grant?
A5: 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.


Q6: I am a graduate student. Can I apply for a Student Emergency Grant?
A6: Yes.


Q7: Do I need to be a degree-seeking student?
A7: Yes. 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.

Q8: May I receive more than one Emergency Grant?
A8: A student may receive an emergency grant only once during their academic career at John Jay.

Q9: What documentation do I need to verify an emergency?  All supporting documents must be submitted within 7 days. 
A9: You must submit the following:

  • Student/Government photo I.D.
  • Transcript
  •  W-9 form and Consent Form are required for all the below emergencies
  • Rental Arrears

    Security Deposit

    Moving Expenses



    Eviction notice


    Security Deposit Invoice

    Invoice from moving company

    Domestic Violence/Abuse

    Utility Arrears

    (heat, cooking gas, electricity)

    Child Care 

    Police report (if applicable)

    Court document (if applicable)

    Recent Utility Bill

    Letter from the utility account holder (if applicable)

    Care Provider Verification


    Travel Expenses

    Clean-up after a natural disaster

    Unforeseen Medical Bill

    Internship placement letter

    Loss of a scholarship

    Pending FWS placement

    FASFA award

    Class Schedule

    Proof of damage

    Police report (if applicable)

    Invoice indicating the cost of clean-up


    Medical facility invoice

    Hospital Discharge

    (Note: within the past 14 days)


    Loss of Clothing (DV or Natural Disaster)


    Tuition Loss of furniture (DV or Natural Disaster)

    Proof of damage

    Police report (if applicable)



    Proof of damage

    Police report (if applicable)

    Furniture Replacement Invoice

    Q10: Is the grant available on a first-come, first-serve basis?
    A10: 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.

    Q11: How soon can I expect to find out if I have received a Student Emergency Grant?
    A11: 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.

    Q12: If I am approved for the grant, how will the money reach me?
    A12: 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).


    Q13: If I am denied a grant, can I make an appeal?

    A13: No.  However, in extraordinary circumstances, an exception can be made. If you need to submit an appeal, please complete the Emergency Grant Application Appeal Form and provide detailed information about the extraordinary circumstances with additional supporting documents.  


    Q14: Are the funds received from the emergency grant considered taxable income?
    A14: 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.

    Application Deadlines 

    Spring Deadline: May 15th

    Summer Deadline: August 15th

    Fall Application: December 15th

    Contact Us

    Location: L.68.00 New Building
    Telephone: 212-237-8053
    Fax: 212-237-8026

    Questions with respect to the information on the webpage, please contact Malaine Clarke at maclarke@jjay.cuny.edu or emergencyfunding@jjay.cuny.edu

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