Steps to Join
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application each year.*
Accept your offer of admission and complete all admissions requirements, including the CUNY Assessment Tests, if necessary.**
Attend an ASAP Info Session/Orientation where you can join ASAP on the spot. Contact ASAP offices on your campus for details.
*All ASAP students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application each year, and accept any federal and state grant aid awarded (Pell, SEOG, TAP). See the CUNY award guide.
**Students with two remedial/developmental course needs at time of application must attempt at least one of their required courses in the summer or winter before program entry. Visit your college’s ASAP website to learn about any college-specific requirements.
*Students not in receipt of financial aid but otherwise eligible may join ASAP but may not receive a tuition waiver.
College is hard work and many students juggle multiple responsibilities while earning their degrees. The ASAP team is here to guide and work with you every step of the way on your path to earning your associate degree. Benefits you receive as an ASAP student include:
|A free unlimited MetroCard|
|A voucher to reduce (or eliminate) the cost of textbooks|
|A waiver covering tuition and mandatory fees for any gap left after applying your financial aid award (for students in receipt of financial aid)|
|A dedicated ASAP advisor to guide your progress from entry to graduation|
|Special registration options that help you get the classes you need that also fit your schedule|
|Opportunities to take classes with fellow ASAP students to foster community and build your network|
|Enhanced career development and academic support services|
|Is There a Catch?|
|There is no catch! In exchange for ALL these resources, you will need to:|
|Enroll full time each semester and maintain good academic standing|
|Complete any developmental needs in reading, writing, or math within the first year|
|Meet regularly with your advisor, career and employment specialist, and tutors, and attend any required enrichment activities|
|All ASAP students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application each year to remain eligible|
|Complete the ASAP Eligibility Checklist to determine your eligibility.|
ASAP is offered at nine CUNY Colleges (Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology and Queensborough Community College).
|You may be eligible for ASAP if you answer YES to the following questions:|
|Have you applied and been accepted to a CUNY college that offers ASAP?|
|Are you eligible for New York City resident tuition (at the community colleges) or New York State resident tuition (at all other colleges)? (as per the CUNY tuition and fees manual)|
|Do you agree to enter into a full-time associate degree program in an ASAP-approved major? (Most majors qualify! Click here to learn more.)|
|Are you fully skills proficient or have no more than two outstanding developmental course needs in reading, writing, and math based on CUNY Assessment Test scores?*|
|Have you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application ?|
|If you are a continuing or transfer student, do you have no more than 15 college credits and a minimum GPA of 2.0?|
|COMPLETE THE ASAP ELIGIBILITY CHECKLIST TO DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY.|