Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Scholarships, awards, fellowships, grants, vouchers, partnerships, paid internships and more!

this page was created to assist CCNY CWE students in accessing financial support through scholarships, awards, fellowships, grants, vouchers, partnerships, paid internships, and more. Students from the main campus are kindly advised to visit

The financial assistance on this page has been grouped, and sorted alphabetically for easy browsing.

Scholarships and Awards

CCNY CWE Awards & Scholarships

CCNY CWE Awards & Scholarships | Deadline: VARIOUS

On the link provided above, you can access a list of available CUNY City College of NY Scholarship Opportunities filtered specially for CCNY CWE students with brief information about the scholarship qualifications. To apply to scholarships which require an application, you must first sign in with the same user name and password you use to access the campus login portal. You will then have the opportunity to complete a general application and, if applicable, apply for specific scholarships.

CUNY / CCNY Scholarships

CUNY / CCNY Scholarship Opportunities | Deadline: VARIOUS 

On the link above you will find a listing of scholarships available to students with brief information about the scholarship qualifications. To apply to scholarships which require an application, you must first sign in with the same user name and password you use to access the campus login portal. You will then have the opportunity to complete a general application and, if applicable, apply for specific scholarships. Students MUST use their CCNY email.

CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship

CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship | Deadline: November/December 

The CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship awards $1,000 to an individual qualified undergraduate student that is currently enrolled at any of the twenty-one colleges within CUNY, Asian or non-Asian, who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as health, education, culture, media or advocacy/activism.

Guttman Transfer Scholarships

Guttman Transfer Scholarships | Deadline: November  

Guttman Transfer Scholarships offer benefits for outstanding CUNY community college students who transfer to an eligible CUNY senior college (Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, and Queens). Guttman Scholars receive up to $4,000 paid over two years. CUNY is able to offer these scholarships through an endowment provided by the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation.

National Scholarships and Fellowships

National Scholarships and Fellowships | Deadline: VARIOUS  

National scholarships are highly competitive awards that provide opportunities and support for undergraduate and graduate study, research, study abroad, public service, teaching, and employment in non-profits, city and federal government. There is a wide range of prestigious national scholarship programs open to City College undergraduates and recent graduates. In addition to high academic achievement, national scholarship selection committees generally look for students with demonstrated and sustained leadership, research experience community and/or public service, and participation in professional activities or internships in their fields of study.

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program | Deadline: April 

If you are a NYCHA resident attending a CUNY Community or Senior College, you may be eligible to receive a $1,000 NYCHA – CUNY Resident Scholarship or the Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship for NYCHA residents with disabilities.

NYLPRW Scholarship

The New York League of Puerto Rican Woman (NYLPRW) Scholarship | Deadline: Accepting

The New York League of Puerto Rican Woman is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is the advancement of Puerto Rican/Hispanic women through higher education. The proceeds of all our events go toward the funding of our Scholarship Program, a most worthy cause of which we should all be extremely proud. The League’s Scholarships are granted to Puerto Rican and Hispanic undergraduate women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community.  The League receives no government funding and our Scholarships are supported by community donations.

NYS Excelsior Scholarship

NYS Excelsior Scholarship Program | Deadline: February 

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. The program covers tuition for eligible SUNY and CUNY students. For the 2024-25 academic year, families who earned $125,000 or less in the tax year 2022 are eligible to apply.

TheDream.US National Scholarship

TheDream.US National Scholarship Program | Deadline: February 

TheDream.US provides college scholarships of up to $25,000 to DREAMers to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation for two-year or four-year degrees.CUNY is proud to be a Partner of TheDream.US.

"We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated undocumented students who are eligible to receive in-state tuition in their home state (not applicable if attending a private institution) but still have significant, unmet financial need."

UFT Scholarship Fund

UFT Scholarship Fund (PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS) | Deadline: OPEN! 
ABOUT (for graduating HIGH SCHOOL Seniors!) | FAQs | APPLY

Each year, the United Federation of Teachers proudly awards $1 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible students from New York City public schools. Scholarship winners are living proof that excellence can thrive in New York City schools. Their hard work — and the dedication of all the educators who worked with them — enable them to achieve academic distinction.

Women's Forum Awards

Women's Forum of NY Education Fund Awards | Deadline: February 

Education Fund Awards are given to high-potential women, age 35 and over, whose education and lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity. Our awardees recognize that education is the way to fulfill their potential. Applicants must demonstrate noteworthy promise, resilience in the face of challenges and a commitment to making a difference once their own career goals are achieved. True financial need should be evident, and the candidate should be enrolled in a degree program and be in good academic standing.

A total of ten CCNY CWE students have won this award. Previous recipients are: Patriece Spann '21; Sandra Serrano, Michelle Caines, and Sheila Castillo '20; Kereen Brown '19; Jilian Alvelo '18; Rita Rivera '14; and Christa Meir-Staude '10. 

Grants and Emergency Funds

CCNY Emergency Grants Program

CCNY Emergency Grants Program | Deadline: February 16th - May 3rd, 2024 

The CCNY Emergency Grants Program provides assistance to students in good academic standing who are facing unforeseen events, resulting in a financial emergency that jeopardizes their ability to persist at City College. The goal of the fund is to help students remain in school without interruption so they successfully complete their degrees. Applicants are required to submit a statement describing the emergency and must submit supporting documentation.

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants 

Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant. You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are confined or incarcerated and enrolled in an approved Prison Education Program or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. Find out why you might have to repay all or part of a federal grant.


​​​​​Jean­nette K. Wat­son Fel­low­ship

Jean­nette K. Wat­son Fel­low­ship | Deadline: February 

The Jean­nette K. Wat­son Fel­low­ship is a three year, cohort-based pro­gram that pro­vides fund­ed sum­mer intern­ships and unprece­dent­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties to promis­ing under­grad­u­ate stu­dents from 12 New York City part­ner insti­tu­tions.

"We partner with a diverse group of New York City's higher education institutions and leading non-profit, for-profit and government organizations around the world."

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program | Deadline: April 

Established in 1988 to address the barriers that result in the problem of underrepresentation in the faculty ranks of higher education, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is committed to supporting a diverse professoriate and to promoting the value of multivocality in the humanities and related disciplines, elevating accounts, interpretations, and narratives that expand present understandings. Its name honors Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the noted African American educator, statesman, minister, and former president of Morehouse College.

Work-Based Financial Assistance

Because of Her Story Internship

Because of Her Story (BOHS) Cohort Internship Program | Deadline: February

Education Fund Awards are given to high-potential women, age 35 and over, whose education and lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity. Our awardees recognize that education is the way to fulfill their potential. Applicants must demonstrate noteworthy promise, resilience in the face of challenges and a commitment to making a difference once their own career goals are achieved. True financial need should be evident, and the candidate should be enrolled in a degree program and be in good academic standing.

CCNY CWE / Amazon Partnership

CCNY CWE / Amazon Career Choice Partnership 

This partnership opens the doors to Amazon employees seeking to complete their education and advance their career opportunities, all at the e-commerce titan’s expense. Under the agreement, Amazon will provide tuition and enrollment fees for hourly employees to pursue associate and bachelor’s degrees. More than 750,000 operations employees in the U.S. are eligible for fully funded college tuition, including cost of classes, books, and fees.

CCNY Veterans

CCNY Veterans 

The City College Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) is committed to recruiting, enrolling and retaining veteran students. The OVA will work in collaboration with the various offices on campus including student affairs, admissions, disability services, financial aid, registrar, wellness and counseling center and affirmative action to assist veterans in becoming acclimated to college life while obtaining veteran educational benefits and other available resources.

CUNY Career Launch

CUNY Career Launch | Deadline: February 20th, 2024 

With a CUNY Career Launch internship you are paid to pursue your future career and learn on the job! Internships are designed for CUNY undergrads who have had no prior paid internship experience.

CUNY Internship to Employment

CUNY Internship to Employment (I2E) | Deadline: February 9th, 2024 

Internship to Employment connects NYC small businesses with CUNY students with the aim of converting internships to employment. I2E Juniors is an 8-week Internship for current CUNY students and I2E’s is a 12-week Internship for recent or upcoming CUNY alumni.

Types of I2E Internships: Architecture, Communications, Development, Engineering, Finance, HR, Marketing/Graphic Design, Sales, Tech, and Video Production.

CUNY / MTA Internship Program

CUNY Internship to Employment (I2E) | Deadline: February 9th, 2024 

The City University of New York (CUNY) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) internship program partnership connects CUNY students with paid internship opportunities at the MTA at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The program bridges the nation’s largest transportation network with the nation’s largest urban public university to build on each other’s initiatives while supporting equity, diversity and social mobility.

DC 37 Tuition Reimbursement

DC 37 Education Fund - Tuition Reimbursement 

The District Council 37 Education Fund operates a Tuition Reimbursement Program which assists eligible members to pursue an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate education, subject to the rules, regulations, conditions and limitations established by the Education Fund Board of Trustees. Beginning January 2, 2024, members can now submit their tuition reimbursement application fully online.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

Federal Work-Study (FWS) 

The Federal Work-Study program provides the opportunity for a student to earn money by working in a City College office or at an off-campus location.

Work-Study is awarded to students with "financial need". Financial need is determined by the information reported on a student's FAFSA. The CUNY Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for assessing need and setting the parameters of how federal funds allotted for this program are allocated.

On-campus: $17.00/hour (Undergraduates) | $18.00/hour (Graduates)
Off-campus: Rate will vary depending on New York State minimum wage and above.

TWU Local 100 Tuition Reimbursement

TWU Local 100 NYC Transit Tuition Reimbursement Program 
ABOUT | MORE (it loads slowly) | APPLY (pdf)

The Program reimburses members up to $4,000 per fiscal year for approved courses/programs. Reimbursement is only for expenses of the courses (and appropriate fees) that are directly related to the member’s current title or to a possible job title within the MTA and TWU Local 100 Collective Bargaining Unit.

For questions about the program please send an email to or call 718-780-8700.

Tuition and Fee Waivers

CUNY Employees Tuition Waiver

CUNY Employees Tuition Waiver 

As part the “Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) ,” which was signed into law on June 7, 2001, Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code was extended permanently for both graduate and undergraduate courses, effective January 1, 2002. This benefit enables employers to assist workers to further their education at a cost of up to $5,250 per year tax free, whether or not the course is job-related.

NYS & CSEA Tuition Benefits Program

NYS & CSEA Tuition Benefits Program | Deadline: March-April 

The Tuition Benefits Program provides educational benefits to CSEA-represented NYS employees, enabling them to achieve greater career mobility, qualify for promotional opportunities, improve job skills, and prepare for future state workforce needs through tuition vouchers and reimbursement.

CCNY CWE's code is 338-UG.

Financial Aid Programs

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid 

Federal financial aid, obtained through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is government assistance to help eligible students pay for higher education. It includes grants, loans, and work-study opportunities, with eligibility determined by factors such as financial need and family income. The FAFSA is the key application to access these resources, making education more affordable for those seeking a postsecondary education.

ECE Financial Assistance

ECE Financial Assistance

For students pursuing our B.S. in Early Childhood Education, tailored financial aid opportunities, including scholarships and grants can be explored at

Additional Opportunities

CUNY Ethics & Morality Essay Contest

CUNY Ethics & Morality Essay Contest | Deadline: November/December 

The CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest is funded by an endowment gift of $100,000 to the City University of New York by Dr. K. York Chynn and his wife Noelle Chynn. This annual award is intended to promote and stimulate thinking by college students at CUNY about the topic of ethics, morality, and virtuous behavior in their lives.

CUNY Photo Challenge

CCNY Photo Challenge - NEW! | Deadline: Monthly 

This CUNY Photo Challenge contest runs each fall and spring semester. Use your camera to capture a compelling moment at CUNY for a chance to win free CUNY swag and a gift card from B&H Photo! Enter our monthly student photo competition, generally by the 28th of every month. If CUNY’s judges pick you as the monthly winner, you will received CUNY swag and your photo will be featured during the following month on the monthly contest winners page and on the CUNY’s social media channels, which also will show two runners-up. In May 2024, the public will choose the best student photo of the Spring semester from among the monthly winners. The winner will receive a B&H gift card and additional CUNY swag. We will also showcase most of the memorable submissions on social media or use them to advertise the contest.

Labor Arts CUNY Contest

Labor Arts CUNY Contest - Making Work Visible | Deadline: December  

Open to CUNY undergraduates, his contest is about work and workers. Written entries (poems and essays) need to include a link to an illustration (there are many choices). Keep in mind that paid work and labor unions are only part of the story—entries about unpaid work, immigration, family, and community are also encouraged.


Last Updated: 06/10/2024 11:47