CUNY’s Single Stop Program Offers Prompt Help to Needy Students to Continue Their Education

In an effort to help alleviate stressors that can hinder a student’s academic career, The City University of New York offers Single Stop, a program that helps students obtain nutrition benefits, health insurance, legal and financial services and tax preparation assistance, in short order, right on campus. Single Stop services are available at every CUNY community college and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“The demands of college can overwhelm a student facing hardships outside the classroom,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “The campus-based Single Stop makes it easier for students to get a range of non-academic help so they can stay focused on their studies.  This initiative is another way that CUNY works to help students overcome obstacles to academic success and degree completion.”

From 2009 through 2017, Single Stop and its partners have connected 107,569 families and individuals with $274,113,613 in benefits, tax refunds and supportive services CUNY-wide.

To determine eligibility for benefits, students and their families participate in a short question-and-answer session. Single Stop counselors then direct students and their families to federal, state or local benefits that they are eligible to receive.

Single Stop offers the following services, confidentially and free of charge:

  • Benefit screening for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); and Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Available food pantries
  • Financial Counseling
  • Legal Counseling
  • Tax Assistance
  • Health Care Enrollment

Single Stop ensures that it is accessible to students by funding and training at least one dedicated benefits counselor who is an employee of the college. The counselors are located onsite at the student services or financial aid office, where they can help students with whatever they need.

Students who desire more information are encouraged to visit Single Stop at CUNY.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields.  The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.  The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.