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Petrie Fund Application

The York College’s Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Fund seeks to assist eligible students coping with an unexpected hardship, so that they may continue their education at York College and become financially aware and responsible for their continued education.


This program’s long-range goal is to ensure that enrolled students who encounter temporary financial hardship, be granted financial assistance, and as a result, assist York College students’ retention and graduation rates. The York College Foundation is the distributor of this grant from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation and the co-sponsor of this fund is in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

The Maximum Award is $2,000

Qualifying Examples

Below are some examples of eligible emergencies and expenses:

  • Imminent documented eviction
  • Homelessness due to loss of housing (for self and family dependents)
  • Fire or other natural disasters in living quarters
  • Assistance in paying for food, transportation, and basic necessities due to recent unemployment
  • Overdue utility bills and shut-off notices
  • Medical and dental bills for uninsured necessary procedures
  • A documented theft of computer, books, clothing, or other essential belongings
  • Travel home for illness or death in the immediate family

Ineligible Expenses

Personal debts (including credit cards and loans), Previous college tuition debt/expenses, Current full or partial tuition costs, Legal representation in a criminal proceeding, or York College/CUNY disciplinary proceedings. This is not a complete listing.

Eligibility Requirements for The Petrie Emergency Grant:

  • Students must be registered at CUNY York College for the current semester
  • Students must be matriculated (pursuing a degree) with a GPA minimum of 2.0 ( Freshmen and
  • transfer students will also be considered).
  • Students must have a record of good conduct
  • Students must have a current emergency need
  • Students must demonstrate an ability and intention to complete their course of study

Apply Now

The student will be notified of the committee's decision via e-mail. Should you have questions about your application, contact us via e-mail.

Important: Your Petrie Emergency Grant application must be complete in order to be given consideration. The application is not a guarantee that you will be awarded funds.

CUNY Comeback Program

CUNY Comeback debt forgiveness program is believed to be the largest of its kind in the entire country. CUNY will be using equitable debt forgiveness to help those who attended CUNY and suffered hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. CUNY Comeback, along with a new policy to no longer hold the transcripts of students who have outstanding debt to CUNY, will ensure a comeback for our students, our University, and our city.

For more information about the CUNY Comeback Program, and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit CUNY Comeback Program

One York Emergency Relief Fund

One York Emergency Relief Fund Grant application period has reopened, we are now accepting applications.

One York Emergency Relief Fund Student Application

Food Pantry Program

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