• New Americans Fund

    If you’re a LaGuardia Community College immigrant student—including undocumented or a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient—and are struggling to make ends meet or facing unexpected financial challenges, the New Americans Fund is here to support and help you stay on track towards graduation. Offered through the LaGuardia Community College Foundation, the New Americans Fund can provide you with a special scholarship to pay tuition, and emergency funds for legal fees, medical bills, childcare, MetroCards, textbooks, and other critical needs.

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  • To qualify you must be a LaGuardia Community College student who is:
    • Enrolled in a degree program, either full-time or part-time
    • Able to demonstrate (with relevant documentation) financial need
    • In good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher

    Applying takes a few easy steps:
    1. Fill out an application, which can be accessed here or by visiting the LaGuardia Community College Foundation Student Support Center (E-511)
    2. Print a copy of your unofficial transcript, available from your CUNYfirst account. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can print it out at the Student Support Center
    3. Submit your completed application, documentation of financial need, and unofficial transcript in-person at the Student Support Center

    With questions, contact the LaGuardia Community College Foundation Student Support Center at (718) 482-5930 or foundationscholarships@lagcc.cuny.edu. Or visit in-person in E-511

    Visit the LaGuardia Community College Foundation Scholarship for information about other scholarships.

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    NY DREAM Act gives undocumented and other students access to New York State‐administered grants and scholarships that support their higher education costs.

    The NY DREAM Act opens the doors of higher education to thousands of students, providing access to the new Excelsior Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program, as well as other state‐administered scholarships that were not previously available to them.

    Apply Now

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  • For Immediate, Confidential Legal and Financial Help:

    LaGuardia CARES – Room C-107, 718-482-5135 – connects you with federal and state financial resources, legal counseling on campus and local community services.

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation – Room E-511, 718-482-5930 – offers you financial support in the form of scholarships, MetroCards, textbooks, and other emergency needs.

    LaGuardia’s Wellness Center – Room C-249, 718-482-5471 – offers free confidential counseling on campus.

    LaGuardia’s Student Information Center – Call 718-482-5935, email callcenter@lagcc.cuny.edu, or visit the M-Building Lobby.

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    DACA renewal applications are being accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. No new applications are being accepted for those who have never had DACA.

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  • Additional Support for DACA, Immigrant and International Students


    Foundation Emergency Fund (Current Students Only)

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation offers opportunities for financial support in the form of scholarships, MetroCards, textbooks, and other emergency needs.

    LaGuardia Community College Foundation
    Phone: 718-482-5610
    Email: foundation@lagcc.cuny.edu
    E Building Room, E-508

    LaGuardia CARES
    LaGuardia CARES helps students overcome financial barriers by connecting them with federal and state financial resources, and local community services. Financial assistance can take the form of daily living expenses based on eligibility. We have FREE legal and financial counseling, free tax assistance through April, healthcare and other services. All students receive a free benefit screening.

    Phone: 718-482-5129
    Email: singlestop@lagcc.cuny.edu
    C Building, Room C-107

    Office Hours: 
    Monday thru Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM 
    *Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM *subject to change

    F1-Visas - Current Students
    LaGuardia International Student Services Office assists international students who hold F-1 visas in their cultural and educational transition to the College. The office provides advising and support services to students with immigration, academic, financial, personal and cross-cultural issues to help them reach their educational goals. 

    International Student Services Office 
    Larisa Lerner, Coordinator 
    Phone: 718-482-5145
    Email: lalerner@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    B-Building, Room B-117; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. (closed Friday- Sunday) 

    On Campus
    If you are on campus and feel your life is in imminent danger, call 718-482-5555 or visit your nearest Public Safety office for assistance.

    Off Campus
    If you are feel your life is in imminent danger, call 911 immediately.

    Victim of Harassment or Intimidation

    On Campus
    If you are suffering from discrimination on the basis of any protected characteristic, including ethnicity or immigration status, or you if are suffering from sexual harassment or domestic violence, you should contact Christopher Carozza, the College’s Chief Diversity Officer, to file a complaint.

    Christopher Carozza 
    Office of Compliance & Diversity
    Phone: (718) 482-5088
    Email: ccarozza@lagcc.cuny.edu


    New York State Emergency Hotline
    Governor Cuomo has established a hotline to offer assistance to refugees left in vulnerable situations at New York airports. To report loved ones who are passengers on incoming flights and believed to be missing or detained, please call 1-888-769-7243.


    Travel Advisory: The Executive Order, issued September 24, 2017, limits entry to the United States for certain citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, based on visa type and other factors. Students who are nationals of these countries are strongly encouraged to speak with an immigration attorney before traveling abroad. 

              Brief explanation of Executive Order 
              Executive Order full text (White House press release)  

    If students, faculty or staff are detained trying to enter the United States, or are abroad and need guidance, please call the NY State hotline at 1-888-769-7243. 

    The following organizations are actively working to protect rights and support immigrants. Visit these websites regularly for new information and guidance:

    Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans, Inc.
    If you need to speak with a lawyer, the CIANA organization have attorneys available to assist you with legal/immigration services, and are able to assist clients in several languages.
    31-09 Newtown Ave, Suite 411
    Astoria, NY 11102
    Phone: 718 545-4040

    New York State Hotline
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a toll-free hotline to report incidents of bias and discrimination across the state. The hotline will bolster the state's efforts to protect New Yorkers and allow those who are the victim of prejudice to file a complaint with the Division of Human Rights. 
    (888) 392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

    NYC Well is also available for support from trained counselors, call 24/7 at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355) 

    New York City Commission on Human Rights
    The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with the enforcement of the Human Rights Law, Title 8 of the Administrative code of the City of New York, and with educating the public and encouraging positive community relations.

    To file a discrimination complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, please call 311 or (718) 722-3131

    Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    CAIR–NY counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation, or hate crimes. Our lawyers work to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.f
    (646) 665-7599

    Immigration Assistance at Queens Library

  • Do you still have questions about where to turn or next steps?

    You can reach out to Rhonda Mouton, regardless of immigration status, to help direct you to appropriate resources both on campus and in the community.

    Rhonda Mouton
    Program Director, LaGuardia CARES
    31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C-107
    Long Island City, NY 11101
    Phone: 718-482-5129
    Email: rmouton@lagcc.cuny.edu