Sign Up for ASAP E-News and Text Message Alerts

Text bubble with the words "sign up text" and an envelope with the words "e-news"Students and advisors can sign up for ASAP E-News, ASAP’s monthly newsletter. The newsletter features helpful tips and resources to navigate the CUNY college exploration and application process and to successfully enroll in ASAP. You can also sign up to receive free monthly ASAP text messages alerting you to important deadlines and steps in the CUNY and ASAP application process.

Note: There is no cost to users for the text notification service; however, mobile users will pay their wireless provider their normal rates for cell and text message usage.

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For Students

About ASAP

CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) assists students in earning associate degrees within three years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports. CUNY ASAP is a post-admission consideration. Eligible students may join after getting accepted and committing to a CUNY college offering ASAP. We have provided information to support you from application to acceptance into CUNY and CUNY ASAP.

CUNY Admissions

The first step to joining CUNY ASAP is to apply to CUNY. To apply to CUNY, you will create a CUNY Portal Account. Your CUNY Portal Account will be where you submit your online application and other supporting documents. For more information on the CUNY application process, head over to How to Apply.

Financial Aid

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). Check out seven steps that help you apply for financial aid.

CUNY Assessment Test

CUNY ASAP students must complete all required CUNY admissions steps, including taking the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) if necessary. The CAT is used to demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework and to determine initial course placement. Visit the CAT page, for resources, and an ACCUPLACER Study app.

ASAP Supports STEM Majors

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STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Solve problems, work with cool equipment, develop important skills, get a job! ASAP now supports even more STEM majors. Why does this matter? Jobs in STEM related careers boast a “swelling hiring demand and low unemployment rates.” Learn more about STEM and CUNY ASAP


Are you ready to become an ASAP Student? Learn more about how to join ASAP, ASAP’s benefits, eligible majors by campus. For more info on ASAP, watch this ASAP Information Video.

Academic Support Programs

If you are an incoming CUNY student who has not passed one or more sections of the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT), consider starting with our partner programs CLIP, CUNY Start and Math Start. Eligible students are able to save their financial aid dollars and join ASAP in the following semester!

CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) is designed primarily for first-time freshmen with English language needs who have not yet passed the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and/or Writing.

CUNY Start LogoCUNY Start provides intensive preparation in academic reading/writing, pre-college math, and “college success” advisement for students entering CUNY with significant remedial needs based on the results of the CAT.Math Start Logo Math Start is CUNY Start’s 8-week math intensive that prepares students for success in college by fostering their full math potential.

For Counselors

Generation NYC

Generation NYC Logo Generation NYC is the official NYC resource for Teens, Young Adults, and Your Generation. Generation NYC is a great tool for your students to learn about various topics (school, work, finance, etc.), read other people’s journeys, and get the scoop on free day trips throughout and near New York City.

CUNY Network for College Success

The CUNY Network for College Success (N4CS) aims to significantly increase college persistence and graduation rates by facilitating collaboration between CUNY and student success professionals by improving communications and data sharing across organizations and institutions.


Counselor Corner

The City University of New York understands that counselors, and college-access professionals, are important to a students college process. CUNY has created the Counselor Corner that serves as a hub for all CUNY admission information. At the Counselor Corner you will find admission updates, resources, and information on upcoming counselor events.

Disability Services

CUNY is deeply committed to ensuring equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities through innovative support programs, grounded in nationally regarded best practices in postsecondary disability services which support the academic success and personal development of students with disabilities. Contact information for disability services  across 22 CUNY campuses.

ASAP Presentations

CUNY ASAP Promotional MaterialsASAP Presentation Interest Form – ASAP Ambassadors can be great resources if you need support engaging and sharing ASAP information with large groups of students.  If you’re interested in having an ASAP Ambassador visit your school or organization, please complete this interest form.

The CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative

Foster Care Initiative FlyerThe CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative builds on the success of CUNY Start and ASAP to support the success of youth from foster care at CUNY. FCI connects youth between the ages of 17-25 who are currently or were formerly in foster care to CUNY Start, Math Start, ASAP and/or ACE. With the goal of improving persistence and increasing the likelihood of timely graduation, FCI provides a defined pathway from CUNY Start/Math Start into ASAP for students with significant remedial needs. Students with little or no remedial needs may enter ASAP or ACE directly.

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