Sign Up for ASAP E-News and Text Message Alerts

icon-txt-enewsStudents 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.

CUNY ASAP student meeting with an ASAP Advisor

For Students


Please take the time to watch this brief introductory video to ASAP.  You may contact the ASAP office on your campus of interest for more information on how you can join.


Included in this section are resources to support you as you prepare to join CUNY and ASAP.

The ASAP Eligibility Checklist

checklistThis ASAP Eligibility Checklist is designed to help you find out if you meet ASAP eligibility criteria and provide helpful tips on completing your CUNY and financial aid applications. Take a video tour here.

We Support STEM Majors

128292056STEM = 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>>

Please contact the ASAP program at your school of interest to see what STEM majors you may be eligible for.


This guide highlights key financial aid award information.  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.

DACA Immigration Legal Help

Do you have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)? Take action if your DACA status expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 and file for renewal. Renewal applications must be accepted by the federal government by October 5th. Click here to learn which legal clinics offer free and confidential immigration legal help for your DACA renewal application.

Guide to Financial Aid for College

FAFSA_GuideThis guide is designed to help students and families navigate the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in their quest to get financial aid for college.

Busting Financial Aid Myths

“The FSA ID is a username and password that students, parents, and borrows must use to log on to certain U.S. Department of Education websites such as,, and The FSA ID is a secure way to access and sign important documents without using personally identifiable information.” Home Room, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education, demystifies “9 Myths About the FSA ID.” Read more>>


For Counselors

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.

The ASAP Eligibility Checklist

checklistThis ASAP Eligibility Checklist is designed to help your students find out if they meet ASAP eligibility criteria and provide helpful tips on completing their CUNY and financial aid applications. Take a video tour here.

Exploration Activity Outline

This ASAP College Exploration Activity is designed to help talk to students about the transition to college and is intended to be used in a group setting. By connecting common anxieties of many college-bound students to the benefits and supports that ASAP has to offer, students can begin exploring the possibility of going to college, no matter the obstacles!

The CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative

fosterflierThe CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative aims to connect students to CUNY Start and/or ASAP to improve persistence and increase their chances of timely graduation at CUNY. The Foster Care Initiative ensures a coordinated pathway to CUNY degree completion and is made possible thanks to generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  Click here to learn more about eligibility, support services and how your students can join


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.


ASAP Presentations

ASAP 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.

Promotional Materials

ASAP brochures, postcards and posters are great beginners in helping students to understand ASAP benefits. REQUEST ASAP MATERIALS for your classroom or download a printable brochure today. Scroll further for downloadable brochures and postcards in nine additional languages.

Download and print translated versions of of our ASAP postcard in the languages below:

Download and print translated versions of our ASAP brochure in the languages below:


Printable Brochure




For Colleges

College Success Seminar Curriculum and Facilitator’s Guide

facilitator-bookThis resource is geared to college faculty, advisors, and support staff seeking to help students explore the skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary for a successful transition to college.


College Success Seminar Facilitator Curriculum [pdf]

To order a bound copy, please email


Structured Schedules: ASAP Executive Director, Donna Linderman and Carol Puryear from the TN Colleges of Applied Technology speak on how to make the CUNY ASAP and TCAT models work for your institution.

View the webinar here.

Resource Guide for an ASAP Replication

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