Program Information

NOTE:  Applications will only be processed when college is in session.

The Emergency Grant provides assistance to students at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected financial emergencies. The Emergency Grant assistance was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals, ultimately, securing a better financial future.

Medical/Dental expenses
Personal automobile expenses
Public transportation/bus pass
Child care
Legal fees
Entertainment expenses




Note: If you do not meet one or more of the eligibility requirements below, please contact the Emergency Grant College Administrator via the contact information at the bottom of this page to discuss your situation.


To be eligible to apply:
  1. Students must be matriculated at the City College of New York

  2. Students must have paid tuition to the City College of New York

  3. Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00. Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00.

  4. Students must have a record of good conduct

  5. Students must have a current emergency need

Assistance is granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.
Students who are interested and meet all the aforementioned eligibility requirements, must create an account and submit an application through this portal. All applicants must submit the following:
  1. Copy of your unofficial transcript, as it appears on your CUNYFirst page;

  2. Copy of your bank statements for the last 2 months;

  3. If you have indicated that you are a full/part-time or seasonal employee, you must submit your 2 most recent paystubs;

  4. Copy of your "Financial Account Summary", as it appears on your CUNYFirst page. If you are receiving any kind of Financial Aid/Scholarship/Loan for this year, you must also submit a copy of the "Financial Aid Award Summary" page as it appears on your CUNYFirst page. If you have a hold on your account that does not allow you to retrieve this information, please send us an email to

  5. Fill in and sign the W-9 form. This is necessary in order to process the check if approved for the grant. If requesting grant to pay a third party (ex. landlord for rent, bills for the vendor, etc.), please provide this blank copy to the vendor and have them fill and sign the W-9 form so that the check can be processed under their name. Any request for necessity bills will be paid under the third party vendor, if approved. Click HERE to download the W-9 form (or HERE to download the W-8 form for international students). Save the form to your computer, then upload the completed form with your other supporting documentation in your application.

  6. Any documentation they deem necessary to further support and prove their case.

Once all these have been successfully uploaded and submitted along with your application, a Health and Wellness Services representative will contact you regarding your application. It may take up to 2-3 business days for a representative to contact you, after all the documents listed above have been submitted and reviewed. Once your eligibility has been verified and we have reviewed your application, you may be asked to submit further supporting documents.

You are allowed 15 days after the day you are notified to submit all supporting documents requested. Failure to do so will result in your ineligibility for any emergency grants during this semester. You will then have to reapply the next semester you meet all the eligibility criteria.

Once all documents have been submitted, the Emergency Grant Committee will conduct a final review of your application and make a decision. You will then be notified accordingly.


Recipients agree to provide documented proof that Emergency Grant funds were applied to the emergency expense indicated on the application, or as agreed upon. Recipients must also submit a "Thank you" letter directed to the specific Emergency Grant donor through which they have received a grant.
You may be asked to participate in follow-up studies or promotional efforts, including sharing your story about how Dreamkeepers enabled you to stay in college.


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