This year’s high school graduates who have a B average or better now qualify for a $400 per semester merit grant at the City University of New York, thanks to a New York City Council Merit Scholarship. In Fall 2014, the first time this grant was available, 11,800 students were eligible.
This is just one of the extraordinary aspects of education at New York City’s public university. The CUNY value includes outstanding academics, an award-winning faculty, financial support, affordability and state-of-the-art campuses across the city.
For many City University students, the path to higher education starts at a community college – and that option is getting even better for those who choose to enroll in the nationally recognized Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (cuny.edu/asap). Over the next three years, this fast track to an associate degree is expanding to serve 13,000 students a year. Almost six in 10 ASAP students earn an associate degree in two or three years – far above the normal rate.
President Barack Obama singled out ASAP as a model. Ohio is copying the program. So is the State University of New York.
What makes ASAP work? Focused educational programs; highly supportive faculty and staff; tutoring; free tuition; free MetroCards; textbook aid; career advice; personalized advisement; family-friendly schedules; and support to help graduates either work or transfer to four-year colleges.
Twenty-two percent of ASAP students major in science, technology, engineering and math – fields with increasing job potential. The growing number of majors include computer information science, health technology, media technology and electrical and mechanical engineering.
ASAP is now at six community colleges and Medgar Evers College; the College of Staten Island and New York City College of Technology will come on board later.
Some high school graduates need help with basic skills before they begin college, so CUNY created CUNY Start (cuny.edu/cunystart). In 15 to 18 weeks of concentrated study, students prepare for CUNY’s entry tests in reading, writing and math.
CUNY Start works. Half of its full-time students tested ready for college in all areas. Another third needed more help in one area. CUNY Start costs just $75. It’s available at six community colleges, Medgar Evers College and the College of Staten Island.
With initiatives like these, CUNY helps New York City’s students earn the degrees they need to succeed in life. That’s the CUNY Value.