NYIT’s generous scholarship and financial aid packages make it one of the most affordable private universities in New York. However, sometimes in a student’s life there are unforeseen financial hurdles that force them to consider leaving school. While seemingly small to some students, these challenges can be a breaking point for others—which is exactly why NYIT has launched its new Care Grant, which provides assistance to students facing a financial emergency that jeopardizes their ability to stay in school.
“If we are able to mitigate those hurdles that are bound to come up for our students, those stressors that take away from their academic progression, we are able to live up to our promise as an institution that has a renewed focus on the student experience,” said Gabrielle St. Léger, Ed.D., dean of students.
The micro-grant program helps keep students enrolled by offering up to $1,000 to cover immediate needs such as:
- Loss of childcare services
- Loss of housing for the student and dependents
- Recent job loss
- Overdue bills (including medical, utility, and rent)
- Eyeglasses, hearing aid, major dental surgeries, or durable medical equipment
- Travel expenses to address an illness or death in the family
- Winter coat or interview suit
- Emergency needs for groceries and transportation (MTA Metro cards)
- Theft of computer, books, clothing, or other essential belongings
Other circumstances will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Students to determine eligibility.
Domestic and international students who are taking a minimum of six credits and meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- Must have paid full tuition from previous semesters and be current on any payment plans for the current semester, with no outstanding library or parking fees.
- Must be matriculated with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students and a CGPA of 3.0 for graduate students and making satisfactory academic progress.
- Must have a record of good conduct. (No disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Students.)
- Must have a current emergency need and provide necessary proof of the emergency.
Interested students are invited to first fill out an online application, after which a two-phase review process by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Financial Aid will commence. Applications for grants will be processed and a decision made within one week.