Study abroad programs may not have updated materials in time for the Opportunities Fund application deadline. You may submit your application with materials from a prior year and update your application once the new information is available.
If you are not accepted into your first-choice program or your program is canceled, inform us immediately, as you may submit a substitute application. Your substitute program/activity must meet the award requirements of your approved fund.
See CUNY’s travel guidelines for any procedural updates: Health and Safety While Traveling.
Review the Opportunities Fund Guidelines to confirm your activity is eligible for funding. Applications for the Opportunities Fund will be accepted only during two access periods, fall and spring. You must request reimbursements during the first access period following the activity.
Speak with your Macaulay Advisor about your academic goals before you apply or commit to any program or activity.
Be sure to complete all relevant tasks as indicated on the checklist. Your Macaulay Advisor may set earlier deadlines for you to submit a draft statement of justification to advise you more effectively. Click here for sample statements of justification.
The application will guide you through the process of uploading the statement of justification and relevant documentation.
Click submit to have your application reviewed by your Macaulay Advisor during an official access period.
Be on the lookout for emails from your advisor throughout the application review process.
Direct deposit is a fast, convenient and secure way of receiving your financial aid, scholarships, and Opportunities Fund award. Without direct deposit, a check lost in the mail will take 6-8 weeks to reissue. Click here for more info on how to sign up. If you prefer to receive a check, ensure your mailing address is updated on CUNYfirst.
Payments are made as funds become available. If approved, we cannot guarantee payments will be made in time for payment deadlines or before the activity takes place. Please consider these out-of-pocket costs before making program deposits or purchasing items.
Remember that your financial aid budget determines how much federal, state, city, and scholarship money you can receive in any given year based on your cost of attendance. Your award may be reduced or canceled if the approved Opportunities Fund exceeds this federally regulated budget.