In order to be considered for institutional scholarships, student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA Code for the School of Labor and Urban Studies is 004765. The NYS TAP / HESC Code is 1422.

Empowering Students by Breaking Down Financial Barriers

The Tuition Scholarship (TS) was created to assist in defraying tuition and fees costs. It provides up to $1,000.00 in support for new and continuing students with financial need. Awards are determined per semester. Students are encouraged to reapply each term if they have a demonstrable need.

NEW STUDENTS: The fall 2020 application is due on Tuesday August 4, 2020.
Submit via e-mail to

CONTINUING STUDENTS: The fall 2020 application is due on Tuesday August 4, 2020.
Submit via e-mail to

Supporting Advancement and Career Mobility through Post-Secondary Education.

The Adult Learner Scholarship (ADLS) provides support for new, non-traditional, or returning adult students. Applicants should be passionate about economic and social justice, public policy, workforce development or philanthropy. Additionally, they must be an active volunteer or employee at any community-based organization, advocacy group, non-profit or union, and demonstrate how this experience has inspired them to continue their education. The scholarship may cover the cost of tuition and fees up to $3,000.00 per semester.

New Students: The fall 2020 application is due on Monday, May 18, 2020.
Submit via e-mail to

Supporting Student Success by Improving Movement Towards Degree Completion.

Persistence was created to provide a quick response to students in good academic standing whose prior semester balance has impacted their enrollment eligibility. This is a one-time award to subsidize 80% of tuition and fees, or $1,500.00, whichever is less. Please be advised, the Persistence Scholarship application is available by invitation only.

For more information, please e-mail

Through the Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program (MGSP), the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) provides up to 12 partial tuition scholarships each year to full-time New York City local government employees to study in one of our graduate degree or certificate programs:

  • MA in Labor Studies
  • MA in Urban Studies
    -Public Policy and Administration
    -Health Care Policy and Administration
    -The Urban Workforce
  • Advanced Certificate
    Health Care Policy and Administration
    -Labor Relations
    -Labor Studies
    -Community Leadership
    -Public Administration and Public Policy

To be eligible for a Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship, you must:

  • Be employed by a New York City government agency
  • Have already been awarded your undergraduate degree
  • Be entering as a newly matriculated student; you must NOT be a current graduate student

For an application and more information about the Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program, please click here.

Application Deadline: The Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship application must be submitted your department’s agency personnel office by November 15, 2019.

  • See the deadline to apply for graduate admission to CUNY SLU here.
  • Acceptance to the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies does NOT guarantee a scholarship.
  • MGSP requires verification that you have submitted your application to CUNY SLU by April 17, 2020. Email your confirmation to
  • Your Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship application will NOT be forwarded to CUNY SLU unless confirmation is received by the MGSP office on the date listed above.
  • If awarded a Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship, email a copy of your award letter to the MGSP office AND contact CUNY SLU to confirm the funding period and the requirements to maintain the scholarship.
  • You must be a full-time NYC government employee in good academic standing throughout your course of study to continue receiving the Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship.