Emergency Funding

Guttman has emergency grant funds for students and their families as a quick response to short-term emergencies and hardships. The emergency grant funds enable students to stay in college, rather than take a leave or drop out. Currently enrolled students may apply for funds as a last resort after considering all other options such as savings, family contributions, or loans. Emergency grants do not replace existing financial aid. Students do not have to repay emergency grants. Grants count against the “unmet” need of their financial aid package.

To apply for an emergency grant, please complete this form, review these helpful “how to apply” tips and the information below to ensure you submit a completed application packet. Please expect 2-3 weeks for payments to be made after we receive your completed application. Please email any questions and all required documents to Ms. Samantha Gregoire-James, Administrative Coordinator from Student Engagement, at Samantha.Gregoire-James@guttman.cuny.edu

Emergency Funding is available to matriculated students at Guttman Community College, including DACA students and undocumented students. GPA is not an eligibility requirement for the emergency grant however; if you are requesting tuition support and you are eligible for financial aid, all financial aid applications and verification must be completed.

Students who are not eligible to apply are those who have falsified prior applications or have been found guilty on Guttman disciplinary charges.

  • Connectivity costs, cell phone, electricity, gas or water bill (Address where service is provided must match the address in your CUNYfirst profile);
  • Rent assistance (Address must match the address in your CUNYfirst profile);
  • Tuition balance and fees assistance;
  • Textbooks or online classroom resources;
  • Medical/mental health/dental/vision bills if there is no insurance;
  • Childcare expenses (on a temporary basis);
  • Expenses related to a death in the family;
  • Personal wellness items including household items, sanitary items, necessary clothing expenses, basic necessities for expectant parents, etc.;
  • Other items or issues can also be considered.

Service Bills (internet, phone, electricity, water, etc.):

  • CUNY Substitute W-9 completed by the student
  • PDF or pictures of the entire current billing statement that must include name of service provider, service details, contact number, account holder name, account number, address where service is received, account balance due and due date. The statement service dates must be currently active.
  • If the bill is in the name of someone other than the student, a statement is required from person whose name the bill is in. This statement can be completed in one of the following ways:

Rent Support

  • CUNY Substitute W-9 completed by the student
  • PDF of picture of lease that must include Payee Information, Lease Holder’s Name, address, and amount (the address should match your CUNYfirst account)
  • CUNY Substitute W-9 completed by landlord
  • ePay form completed by landlord
  • Canceled check from Landlord
  • If lease agreement is in the name of someone other than the student, a statement is required from person whose name the lease is in. This statement can be completed in one of the following ways:

Medical bill (if there is no health insurance)

  • CUNY Substitute W-9 completed by the student
  • PDF or picture of the entire current bill that must include name of service provider (doctor, hospital etc) with contact information including the address and telephone number, account holder name (ie: student), address (the address should match your CUNYfirst account), phone number, account number if available, account balance due, and an itemized list of the services provided.
  • If the bill is in the name of someone other than the student, a statement is required from person whose name the bill is in. This statement can be completed in one of the following ways:
  • CUNY Substitute W-9 completed by Medical Provider
  • e-pay form completed by the student (preferred but not required)
  • Canceled check from the student

Childcare expenses (on a temporary basis) that are urgent 

  • CUNY Substitute W-9 completed by the student
  • PDF or picture of letter from the child care provider indicating your name, type of child care service, the dates, the amount, and signature of the child care provider
  • CUNY Substitute W-9 completed by Child Care Provider
  • e-pay form completed by the student (preferred but not required)
  • Canceled check from the student

Please email any questions and all required documents to Ms. Samantha Gregoire-James, Administrative Coordinator from Student Engagement, at Samantha.Gregoire-James@guttman.cuny.edu

If you need financial support, complete this short form.

Make sure that you let us know all of the supports that you may need on the application so that we consider everything. The level of support we provide might impact your financial aid package (if any), but further discussions with you will help to clarify your personal situation. It is important to send us the required documents to make the process move smoothly. Once we receive all of your required documents and your application is complete, please expect it to take 2-3 weeks for your payment(s) to be made.

Please email any questions and all required documents to Ms. Samantha Gregoire-James, Administrative Coordinator from Student Engagement, at Samantha.Gregoire-James@guttman.cuny.edu

Someone from the Student Engagement Office will reach out within one week of submitting your application to confirm whether your request has been approved and whether any further documentation is needed from you. Please expect the payments to take up to 2-3 weeks. Once we receive confirmation that your bill or expense has been paid, you will receive an email from Student Engagement confirming this.