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Credible Messenger Mentoring is a program where youths in the juvenile justice system are mentored by individuals from similar backgrounds, especially those who were themselves system-involved, to help the youths transform their lives. The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) partners with the Department of Probation’s Credible Messenger Justice Center to enroll eligible Credible Messengers in the Community Leadership Certificate Program (undergraduate or graduate level). For participants in this program, the application fee is waived, and tuition is paid by the Credible Messenger Justice Center.

For more information about the program, please contact:

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In partnership with the Transport Workers Union Local 100/New York City Transit Authority Training and Upgrading Fund, CUNY SLU offers two courses tuition free:

  • Development of Mass Transit in New York City
  • Worker Health and Safety.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Kevin Simmons
Academic Program Specialist
(646) 313-8331

In partnership with Brooklyn Communities Collaborative (BCC), CUNY SLU offers eligible students living in Brooklyn (“Fellows”) a four- course Advanced Certificate in Workplace Democracy and Community Ownership (WDCO). BCC will cover the cost of tuition and fees for each fellow enrolled in WDCO.

For more information about the program, please contact:


The Resident Leadership Academy Program is a partnership between the Fund for Public Housing, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. It is designed to provide training and build leadership skills for residents interested in taking a more active role in civic life within their development and community. The program’s objective is to foster transferable leadership skills that residents can use across their communities and provide a pathway to higher education.

The Community Leadership Certificate is a tuition-free* program for eligible “Resident Leaders”

For more information about the program, contact:

Rochel Pinder-Cuffie
Director of Student and Community Affairs
(646) 313-8320

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, partnered with District Council 37’s Education Fund, offers Certificate in Labor Relations to DC37 members interested in learning more about the labor movement, labor relations, and unionism. DC37 sponsors 4-courses for members enrolled in the following programs:

  • Certificate in Labor Relations
  • BA in Urban Studies, Labor Relations Track (any 4-courses in Labor Studies)
  • Advanced Certificate in Labor Relations
  • MA Labor Studies

To receive the tuition benefit, all prospective DC37 students must apply to and receive confirmation from the DC37 Ed Fund prior to submitting their CUNY application. Please fill out the application on the DC37 Ed Fund website by clicking here.

For more information about the program, please contact:

David Unger
Coordinator, Labor Relations Certificate
(646) 313-8329

Scholarships and Intern Awards

  • Students enrolled in the Union or Community Semester Program at SLU are eligible for a “Department Scholarship” or “Internship Award” of up to $7K, which may cover the cost of tuition, fees, and other educational expenses.
  • “Department Scholarships” or “Internship Awards” are scheduled for disbursement once the student passes an enrollment and site verification, which is approximately 45-days after the start of term.
    • Enrollment Verification:the student-intern is enrolled in all courses required to complete their program and in good academic standing
    • Site Verification:the student-intern is actively engaged and in good standing with their internship site


  • Eligible Union or Community Semester students receive a “Department Scholarship” paid to tuition; student-interns are not required to pay their tuition out-of-pocket. However, liability is transferred back to the student-intern in cases where they no longer meet the stated criteria
  • “Department Scholarships” exceeding the cost of tuition are refunded to the student via check (mailing address on file) OR Direct Deposit (requires opt-in).


  • “Internship Awards” are released directly to the student as a paper check and can be used for tuition, fees, and other related expenses.

Important Information

“Department Scholarships” or “Internship Awards” are not compensation for services (wages) when provided as part of a training program. However, these funds may be considered taxable income based on individual circumstances. CUNY cannot provide tax advice. Students are encouraged to consult a professional tax adviser for all tax-related questions. Students receiving unemployment benefits should contact their state’s unemployment agency to learn about the specific provisions applicable to attending school.