Thanks to the generous contribution of an anonymous donor, students enrolled at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) are eligible to apply for emergency financial assistance. The YLB Fund is designed to help SLU students at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected circumstances. The fund is a one-time award given to current students who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis to enable them to remain in school and it will be awarded in a timely fashion.

Awards may be given up to $1,000.

Grants will be awarded to current students who have short-term, non-recurring emergencies. Examples of circumstances that will be considered include, but are not limited to:

  •  Temporary loss of job or income
  • Homelessness, sudden loss of housing, or threat of eviction
  • Unexpected medical expenses
  • Loss of child care for dependents
  • Discontinuance of necessary utilities or services
  • Safety needs or legal expenses associated with domestic violence
  • Replacement of essential belongings due to theft or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate familyThe YLB Fund will NOT be awarded for, including but limited to, the following:
    •  Full or partial tuition or fee costs.
    • Previous educational debts.
    • Textbooks.
    • Credit card debts or loan payments.
    • Legal representation or services.

Students should contact Padraig O’Donoghue, Manager of Student Support and Retention before applying for a Grant at 212-642-2068 or at padraig.o’donoghue@cuny.edu.

Only complete applications with valid supporting documentation will be considered. Students who have submitted a complete application will receive notice of their award within 7-10 business days.