Financial Resources

The Graduate Center is here to support you — and help you make smart financial decisions.

Student Emergency Grants

The Graduate Center has established a set of quick-response funds (in amounts of up to $2,000) to support students who are facing short-term financial emergencies. We aim to help students complete their degrees rather than take a leave of absence or withdraw from school.

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

We invite you 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

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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
  • The Graduate Center Student Emergency Fund, which is supported through the generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Workshops

The Office of Fellowships and Financial Aid offers a number of financial literacy sessions via Zoom. All sessions will take place at 1:30 pm. We expect each session to last about 45 minutes. Registration is required. Sessions are open to the GC, SOJ, and SLU communities.

January 2021 Financial Literacy Series:

Loan repayment basics (January 12, 2021) Learn about your federal student loans, including terms and an overview of how repayment works. We'll discuss interest rates and fees, loan repayment options, and what to expect after you graduate. This session is intended for all students who have borrowed federal student loans. Register here.

Income-Driven Repayment (January 19, 2021) Learn about how the government allows students to make payments based on their income. We'll discuss the numerous different plans, the eligibility for each, and the application process. This session is intended for students who are familiar with loan basics and want to understand in more detail how these payments are calculated and why borrowers may choose them. Register here.

Federal Aid Basics (January 25, 2021) Please join us for a discussion on how federal aid works at the CUNY. We'll discuss federal student loans, federal work study and the refund process as well as answer any questions you may have. Register here.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (January 26, 2021) Interested in working in a non-profit or government entity? If so, learn about how to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. We'll discuss the qualifications and how to make sure your loans fit the criteria. This session is intended for students planning to work in the public or non-profit sector. Register here.

You can also contact the Office of Fellowships and Financial aid at to set up an individual counseling appointment.

In addition to presentations and individual counseling, here are some helpful resources you can review on your own time.

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