The College of Staten Island offers a number of financial assistance options for Continuing Education students. We ask students to carefully consider which option is best for them.
- Helena Rubinstein Continuing Education Scholarship
The Helena Rubinstein Continuing Education Scholarship Fund for Career Advancement Limited scholarships are available to cover up to 90% of tuition for individuals who seek to advance their careers through education and training, and who do not have access to other sources of funding that can pay for tuition and fees. Scholarship applicants may also be disadvantaged individuals who are unemployed or seeking a career change. For more information, visit www.cuny.edu/academics/conted/rubinsteinscholarship.html.
The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
EMPLOYER AND UNION FUNDED PROGRAMS
- 1199SEIU Members
If you are currently an 1199SEIU member, you may be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement. To obtain reimbursement for a continuing education course, you must submit a completed application with all supporting documents to the Training and Upgrading Fund within 90 days of completing the course. For questions or an application, call the Tuition Assistance Hotline at 646.473.9200. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DC 37 Members
Many courses are reimbursable for NYC employees who are members of District Council 37. For general information, to check eligibility, or to request a tuition reimbursement application, call 212.815.1663 or visit District Council37, AFSCME,AFL-CIO.
PUBLICLY FUNDED PROGRAMS
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.
Phone: 718.816.4800 or www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/
- Department of Veterans Affairs
You may be eligible for VA Education Benefits under the GI Bill. All veterans interested in obtaining information from the VA regarding their eligibility for funding need to have a copy of their DD-214 form. Visit https://www.va.gov/education/eligibility/ to request official notification of education benefits.
- Individual Training Grants through Workforce1
Individual Training Grants are available for Workforce1 customers who are looking to develop the occupational skills needed to pursue careers in healthcare and computer technology, including A+ Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Clinical Medical Assistant.
You may be eligible to apply for an Individual Training Grant if the following applies to you*:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have an updated resume available electronically (Resume Workshops are available)
- Be actively looking for employment or currently employed and earning less than
- Be ready to work immediately after training.
- Have a minimum of a GED or High School diploma and work experience
(some occupations require a degree)
- Register at a Workforce 1 Career Center.
- To apply for an Individual Training Grant register online at
Indicate that the College of Staten Island is the organization that referred you. The application process takes four to eight weeks and includes passing a Workforce skills test.
*Meeting these prerequisites and completing an application does not guarantee receipt of an ITG voucher.
- Independent Training Accounts through HRA
Independent Training Accounts (ITAs) provide funding for occupational skills trainings and are available only to job seekers receiving cash assistance from the Human Resources Administration (HRA).To find out more about training vouchers available, please speak to your program representative. Find your local representative here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/locations/job-locations.page
- NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training
The Tuition Benefits Program provides educational benefits to CSEA-represented New York State (NYS) employees, enabling them to achieve greater career mobility, qualify for promotional opportunities, improve job skills, and prepare for future state workforce needs. The College of Staten Island, Office of Workforce Development and Innovation participates in the Tuition Voucher Program. Applications can be made online https://www.nyscseapartnership.org, School Code for training programs is 337 The College of Staten Island/CUNY (NC).
Students may arrange a private loan to help cover educational expenses for certificate programs. The College does not recommend any specific lender or preferred lender arrangement. We recommend thoroughly investigating your loan options before making educational financing decisions. Private lenders include: