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    ASAP is designed to help motivated community college students earn their degrees as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating at least 50% of students within three years. Due to a variety of stresses and responsibilities, too many community college students are not able to complete their Associate degrees in a timely manner, if at all. ASAP helps to eliminate these stresses by providing select community college students with the academic, social, and financial support they need to graduate with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Applied Science degree in no more than three years.

    ASAP was launched in fall 2007, and is supported by the City and State of New York, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. ASAP is committed to graduating at least 50% of students within three years through provision of comprehensive support services and financial resources. 


    College is hard work and many students juggle multiple responsibilities while earning their degrees. ASAP and its caring team are 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 monthly MetroCard
    • A voucher to reduce (or eliminate) the cost of textbooks
    • A tuition waiver for any gap between tuition and 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 


    There is no catch! In exchange for ALL these resources, you will need to:

    • Enroll full time (minimum 12 credits in session one, and 3 credits in session two) each semester and maintain good academic standing
    • Complete any developmental needs in reading, writing, or math within the first year
    • Meet regularly with your Academic Advisor, Career and Employment Specialist, Tutors, and attend any required enrichment activities
    • Re-apply each year for financial aid

    Take a look at the ASAP eligibility checklist to see if you qualify!