Queens College Student Emergency Grant

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant

The Queens College Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund can provide quick response emergency grants to matriculated students in good academic standing who are experiencing personal emergencies. See below for a full list of eligible emergencies, but some may include risk of eviction and/or shut-off notices, and expenses due to recent unemployment or financial emergency. The goal of this fund is to help students remain in school without interruption and successfully complete their degrees. Students may be eligible to receive a maximum sum of $3,000 in their academic career at Queens College.

Applicants are required to submit a statement of need explaining the emergency, how they have been impacted academically, and how, if awarded, the funds will be used to resolve it. Applicants may also be expected to supply corroborating documentation from third-party sources to support the emergency request. Decisions on eligibility and the amount awarded are made on a case-by-case basis. If awarded, the grant does not need to be repaid, but it may be considered taxable income, which the recipient would need to self-report.

Eligible Emergency Situations and Expenses that the Petrie Grant can consider:

  • Long Overdue utilities bills and shut-off notices
  • Rent in arrears, at risk for eviction
  • Housing assistance for homelessness
  • Medical and dental bills for uninsured necessary procedure
  • Destruction of living quarters due to fire or other natural disaster
  • Documented theft of computer, books, clothing, or other essential belongings
  • Assistance in paying for food, transportation, and basic necessities due to recent unemployment or recent financial emergency
  • Automobile expenses (if a student’s car breaks down and is his/her only means of transportation)
  • Childcare for legal dependents
  • Travel home for illness or death in the immediate family
  • Victims of domestic violence

The Petrie Grant is NOT intended to cover:

  • Previous college tuition debt/expenses
  • Current full or partial tuition and fees
  • Personal debts, including credit cards and loan
  • Legal representation/attorney fees in a criminal proceeding, including child support
  • Legal representation/attorney fees for CUNY disciplinary proceedings

Supporting Documents Required after Application Completion:

Students will be responsible for providing supporting documentation if requested to further corroborate your application and request for funding. Some examples of documentation that may be required are listed below:

  • A Letter requesting assistance and explaining the need for funds and how this financial emergency is impacting you academically and must also clearly state what the requested funds will be used on
  • Personal bank statements for the last two months downloaded PDF or scanned (screenshots are NOT acceptable) and all pages are required
  • Outstanding bills/shut off notices – any proof of delinquent/overdue expenses attached as a pdf, scan or picture (online summary and dashboard screenshots are NOT acceptable)
  • Any other corroborating documentation you wish to include or is requested that supports your emergency claim and demonstrates need
The Carrol and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund is not a substitute for financial hardships or financial aid. In order to be considered for the Petrie Grant Funds, students are required to pursue all available financial aid resources prior to applying. Some of these resources and opportunities can include, but are not limited to, grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Students who are ineligible for financial aid may still be eligible for the Petrie Grant. Financial aid status will be verified for all applications.

For more information on the program, contact the Office of Student ​Affairs via email PetrieGrant@qc.cuny.edu or call 718-997-5500.

For determination of eligibility, please submit the online application form​.

Petrie Student Emergency Grant Quick Information

Application Information

If you have applied previously, you may still be eligible to receive funds! Please click here or the button above to apply and see your eligibility.

Contact Information

For more information about eligible emergency situations, required supporting documentation, or any Petrie Student Emergency Grant inquiry, please contact us at:

Email: PetrieGrant@qc.cuny.edu

Other Helpful Campus Resources

Grocery Assistance – QC Knights Food Pantry 

Tuition Assistance – FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Healthcare – QC Health Services 

Counseling – QC Counseling Services 


“The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking foundation that began active operation in 1998. Our grants support colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations and individuals as they work to improve education and career outcomes for low-income New Yorkers. Our goal is to ensure that all New Yorkers, particularly those from marginalized communities, have the resources and opportunities needed to reach their goals in school, work, and life.”

-The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation