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 during the semester they are registered. 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. The YLB fund may be awarded up from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $1,500.

YLB is awarded to current students, during the semester they are registered, 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 family

The YLB Fund will NOT be awarded for, including but limited to, the following:

  • Tuition or fee costs
  • Previous educational debts
  • Textbooks
  • Credit card debts or loan payments
  • Legal representation or services

Before applying for a grant, students should contact Padraig O’Donoghue, Manager of Student Support and Retention at 646 313 8321 or to Padraig.O’

Only complete applications with valid supporting documentation will be considered. Students who have submitted a complete application will receive a response within 48 hours. Applications will take 7-10 business days to process.