Student Emergency Grants

The Graduate Center has established a set of funds to support students who are facing short-term financial emergencies. With the funds, The Graduate Center provides quick-response grants of up to $2,000 to help students meet immediate needs. Our overarching goal is to assist students in completing their degrees, rather than taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from school.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that students are facing new, unexpected expenses and financial needs.

We invite students to apply for grants to meet such emergencies as: 

  • Unexpected COVID-19–related expenses
  • Medical and dental bills for uninsured non-elective procedures
  • Assistance in paying for food, transportation, and basic necessities due to recent financial difficulty
  • Emergency child care for legal dependents
  • Travel home for illness or death in the immediate family
  • Overdue utilities bills and shut-off notices
  • Rent in arrears, at risk for eviction
  • Housing assistance for homelessness
  • Destruction of living quarters, due to fire or other natural disaster
  • Theft of computer, books, clothing, or other essential belongings
  • Current or past Graduate Center tuition charges
  • Legal representation (landlord disputes)
  • Personal debts

You can apply for student emergency grant funding by completing this form (PDF).

The Graduate Center’s student emergency grant funds consist of The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund, made possible by generous support from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation; the Doctoral Students Association Medical Emergency Fund; and The Graduate Center Student Emergency Fund, which is supported through the generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends.