The Single Stop College Initiative provides comprehensive social, legal and financial services to student at several CUNY colleges – all free to the student.
On each of the participating CUNY college campus, counselors use a computerized screening tool that condenses thousands of pages of eligibility rules for into a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Single Stop counselors interview students (and, in some circumstances, immediate family members) and provide them with information about which federal, state or local benefits they are eligible to receive. This screening tool identifies public benefits (e.g., health insurance programs, nutrition programs, housing assistance, subsidies for childcare, energy assistance) as well as tax credits. The campus-based Single Stop counselors then use this information to guide students through the process of applying for benefits.
In addition, The Single Stop College Initiative provides free, on-site: tax preparation services during tax season (January – April); one-on-one financial counseling services throughout the year; and legal services.