Opinion: Email to the Baruch College Bursar about the Fed ARPA Student Grant.


Greetings Baruch College Bursar,

Thank you for all the help this semester and every previous semester.

If I’m correct, I read in CUNY First that I have a grant for $1,000 on the way from the federal government and/or CUNY.

It appears that the federal government has really been doing what they can to look out for people that normally don’t have a platform to ask for help. I have noticed an increase from HRA too.

From my past experience, it can take up to a week or two from the date listed on CUNY First until the money is direct deposited into my bank account. Is that correct? Am I going to receive $1,000? Is there a date range in regard to when available for students? If the answer is yes, that’s amazing.

I had no idea there were so many extra benefits to CUNY/college when I came here from the HRA welfare job program. When I started at LaGuardia Community College before Baruch College, I didn’t even have a $200 laptop. Now I have laptops, smartphones, etc.

LaGuardia Community College, Baruch College, and CUNY are one of the best opportunities in New York City.

I’m spending my free time trying to earn money and elevate my situation. I hope to make everyone at CUNY proud one day. I want to be an example of someone who utilized the CUNY platform to go from homeless to an apartment and job security.

Please advise if possible.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine