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Credible Messenger Justice Center

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:

Julman A. Tolentino
Academic Program Specialist
646-313-8332
Julman.Tolentino@slu.cuny.edu

Tuition may be waived for undergraduate and graduate courses at any CUNY college on a space available, no-cost basis depending upon the term the employee is registered for, their category/title, the number of credits attempted, and their amount of service time.

Click here for the CUNY Employee Waiver Form. Staff members must visit the Human Resources department in their college/administrative office to get their tuition waiver approved. This must be done for each term.

Employee Category Service Requirements Course Type & Credit Limits Summer Session Winter Session
Instructional Staff UG – 1 year
GR – None
UG – No Limit
GR – 6 Credits
No No
Classified Managerial UG – 1 year
GR – None
UG – No Limit
GR – 6 Credits
No No
Adjunct Teaching Titles 10 Consecutive Semesters 1 Course (UG or GR) No No
Gittleson Titles 6 Months UG – No Limit
GR – 6 Credits
Yes, UG Only No
Classified White Collar 1 Year UG – No Limit
GR – 3 Credits
Yes, UG Only No
Classified Blue Collar 1 Year UG – No Limit
GR – 3 Credits
Yes, UG Only No
Skilled Trades 1 Year UG – No Limit
GR – None (Undergraduate Only)
Yes No

 

Part-time titles, such as College Assistants, IT Hourly, NTA’s, etc. are not eligible for Tuition Waiver. Part-time titles should contact their union for information on any available tuition reimbursement. DC37 members such as CA’s and IT’s, click here to find out more information.

Communications Workers of America (CWA) is one of the three founding unions of the School of Labor and Urban Studies and its predecessor, The Murphy Institute. Our longstanding partnership with SLU has offered higher education opportunities to several hundred CWA-1180 members each year.

The CWA Local 1180 Education Fund sponsors 30 credits for eligible members seeking an undergraduate degree or certificate and an additional 24 credits for eligible members seeking a graduate degree or certificate. Tuition and registration fee payments are made for up to two (2) courses each semester in either Labor or Urban Studies. There are no restrictions on the number of credits for each course.

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

In order 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
David.Unger@slu.cuny.edu

The Resident Leadership Academy 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/or community. The program a partnership between the Fund for Public Housing, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. The program’s objective is to develop current and emerging NYCHA resident leaders’ knowledge and skills to assume leadership positions as stewards of public housing; foster transferable leadership skills that residents can use across their communities, and provide a pathway to higher education. Resident Leaders will obtain a Certificate in Community Leadership taking up to 4-credits per semester, tuition free.

For more information about the program, contact:

Rochel Pinder-Cuffie
Director of Student and Community Affairs
(646) 313-8320
Rochel.Pinder-Cuffie@slu.cuny.edu

In partnership with the Transport Workers Union Local 100/New York City Transit Authority Training and Upgrading Fund, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies offers two courses tuition free: Development of Mass Transit in New York City and Worker Health and Safety.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Kevin Simmons
Academic Program Specialist
(646) 313-8331
Kevin.Simmons@slu.cuny.edu

Support for education is often a benefit of union membership. In some cases, funds are available through the union’s contractual agreement with employers. Other times support is provided from the union treasury. The delivery of education support packages includes voucher programs, tuition reimbursement, and scholarships.  systems, to tuition reimbursements. The amount of assistance and the details of how to access these funds can change over time, so please contact your employer or union. Some of the programs and links are listed below:

To defer all or part of your tuition bill to a third-party, please be sure to follow the approved process. Click here to learn more.