Student Affairs Basic Needs Support Grants

Current Basic Needs Support Grants:




Currently there are three basic needs support grant programs available to Lehman College students facing financial challenges. Two of the grants focus on emergencies. None of these grants can pay tuition, fees, mortgages, car loans, or insurance, or credit card bills.

Please note that these are not cash grants; students do not receive funds directly and must provide documentation of need. Students cannot receive funding that exceeds their unmet need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Name Grant Details How to Apply

Emergency Grants  (two programs)

  • Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant

  • Student Affairs Emergency Grant 

Focused on unexpected, unforeseen, or unavoidable emergency expenses related but not limited to loss of property or income; illness or death in the immediate family; being a victim of an accident or crime; loss of childcare 

Minimum GPA of 2.0 

Petrie – up to $1250 per semester; can also apply for one 30-day Unlimited MetroCard each semester 

Student Affairs  – up to $950 per semester 

Petrie – online application provided through Petrie Foundation 

Student Affairs – Student Affairs Universal/Emergency Grant application provided through Lehman College Club Central 

Vendor/Payee will need to be registered in CUNYBuy for payment to occur.
  • Book/Course Materials Voucher 

Provides funds to purchase books, academic course materials and supplies through the Lehman College Bookstore

Minimum GPA of 2.0 (undergraduate) and  3.0 (graduate) 

Up to $250 per semester available.

Apply using the Student Affairs Universal/ Emergency Grant Application on Club Central; need to identify this grant on the application; funds must be used within two weeks of receipt

All grant applications require:

  • the submission of supporting documentation
  • a short statement of need outlining your emergency or temporary hardship and how the grant will assist you.

In addition, each application must go through a committee and financial review which can take up to one month. Processing will take longer if supporting documents are not submitted in a timely manner or if you do not include a statement of need.

Applications are open until the deadlines outlined or until funds are expended. ***

Please direct questions to

Currently, only two grants are available during the summer:

GRANT 1: The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund – METROCARDS ONLY IN SUMMER 2024

DEADLINE: July 19th

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund has been awarded to Lehman College for the purpose of providing grants that enable currently enrolled students in good academic standing who are experiencing temporary, short-term financial emergencies to remain in school. Students who demonstrate need and are facing unexpected, unforeseen, or unavoidable emergency expenses may apply for this grant.

In summer 2024, students can only apply for one 30-day Unlimited MetroCard. You must note that you need help with “transportation” expenses on your Petrie application.

Eligible students must meet application requirements below and provide a complete application.

  • Be a matriculated Lehman College student enrolled in summer courses and in good academic standing (E-Permit and Visiting Students are not eligible).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Upload their Student ID and other documentation to support their emergency and/or demonstrate need
  • Provide an invoice or other bill that includes your name and address
  • Provide a W-9 form from the vendor to be paid (except if it’s a utility company such a ConEdison, Verizon etc.) 
  • Provide a written statement including the information below:
    • How your academic program is helping to achieve your personal and career goals
    • What your emergency is and how the situation is affecting your studies
    • How you will benefit from the support
Click Here to Apply for A MetroCard (Summer Only)

GRANT 2: : Lehman College Book/ Course Materials Voucher

Deadline: July 19th

The Lehman College Book/Course Materials Voucher supports students experiencing financial hardship with textbook or course materials, including academic school supplies (e.g., lab notebook, graphing calculator) costs.

Award Amount: $250.00 voucher to the Lehman College Bookstore or chargeback (refund) based on financial need and good academic standing.

Requirements: Students who are awarded a voucher must purchase their books and materials through the Lehman College Bookstore. The Bookstore is located in the Old Gym Building and can be accessed online here.

If a student has already purchased their books and is seeking a chargeback/refund, they should note this in their application.

Voucher Criteria:

  • Enrolled in a Lehman College degree program and taking summer classes.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA for undergraduates and minimum 3.0 GPA for graduate students   
  • Must demonstrate financial need. Students are not eligible if they received a SEEK, ACE or Pell book advance/voucher.  
  • Funds must be used within two weeks of receipt.
Click Here for Book Voucher Application (Summer Only)

In order for a full review of your application to begin, all supporting documentation must be submitted. The processing of your application could be significantly delayed if supporting documentation is not clearly identified or not provided in a timely manner.

If you have questions about supporting documentation, please reach out to