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College Applications

CUNY

CUNY Application– You can apply to multiple campuses using a single application. You should determine your college choices and academic programs before starting your application.

SUNY

applySUNY is the application portal that allows you to complete an application for admission to nearly every SUNY campus all in one place.

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Common Application (also known as the Common App) is a college application that is used to help prospective college students apply to multiple institutions at once. You can apply to many SUNY and private colleges and universities using the common app!

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Student Brag Sheet

A brag sheet is very similar to a student resume – it lists your accomplishments, key experiences, leadership skills and employment throughout your high school career. Essentially, it’s a quick reference guide with details on all of your achievements that can help someone get to know you better. They are great to send to colleges with your application or give to teachers you’d like a recommendation from.

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Glossary of Terms

Use our glossary of college, pre-college and financial terms to quickly find out what some of those acronyms mean.

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“There are many different programs that can help you pay for college. One of them that I’m in is called ASAP. They pay for tuition, MetroCard and books. Never think that you can’t pay for college because there’s always going to be some way to pay and get that education you want.”

Nicola C., NYC College of Technology

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CUNY Student Support Programs

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ACE

ACE is a comprehensive program designed to help students complete their academic journey to a bachelor’s degree within four years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports including comprehensive advising, career counseling, tutoring, tuition waivers, Metrocards, and help purchasing textbooks. ACE is currently offered at John Jay College and Lehman College.

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ASAP - Accelerated Study in Associates Program

ASAP- Accelerated Study in Associates Program, assists students in earning an associate degree within three years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports including comprehensive advising, career counseling, tutoring, tuition waivers, Metrocards, and help purchasing textbooks. ASAP is currently offered to associates students at nine CUNY colleges throughout the five boroughs.
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CLIP

CLIP, CUNY Language Immersion Program, is an intensive, pre-matriculation English as a Second Language (ESL) program. CLIP is an option for students who have been accepted to CUNY and informed that they are not English proficient, and therefore need to improve their academic English skills before taking college courses. Classes meet for five hours a day, five days a week, in day or evening sessions, and students can spend up to a year in the program. Most students pay a fee of $180 for a 14-16 week semester. Students do not use their financial aid while in CLIP. Instead, they can save their financial aid for college coursework. CLIP is offered at 9 sites in all 5 boroughs (see clip locations).

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College Discovery (CD)

College Discovery (CD)  is CUNY’s higher education opportunity program in the community colleges.  It is designed to assist high potential, low-income students who otherwise might not be able to pursue a college degree due to their educational & financial circumstances. College Discovery provides advising and financial support during college. Students can apply during their senior year of high school.

SEEK

SEEK is the higher education opportunity program in the senior colleges.

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CUNY START

CUNY Start is a semester-long program that provides intensive preparation in academic reading/ writing, pre-college math, as well as college success advisement, for students entering CUNY with significant remedial needs. The program helps students prepare for college-level coursework and reduce or eliminate remedial needs prior to starting credit-bearing courses. CUNY Start operates on 8 CUNY campuses.

Program Highlights:

  • Costs just $75, including materials
  • Reduces or eliminates need for remedial instruction
  • Provides dedicated teachers and expert advisors to support your long-term college success
  • Offers up to two opportunities to meet CUNY’s academic proficiency standards
  • Saves tuition and financial aid dollars for credit courses that count toward your degree
  • Provides a next-step pathway to CUNY ASAP
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Math Start

Math Start is CUNY Start’s 8-week intervention that prepares students for success in college by fostering their full math potential. In a social, collaborative learning environment, students access the support they need to increase their understanding of math so that they can meet CUNY’s proficiency standards and thrive as CUNY college students.

Program Highlights:

  • Costs just $35, including materials
  • Provides Free MTA MetroCards
  • Fast-tracks your learning in just 8-weeks
  • Offers classes year round
  • Provides dedicated teachers and expert advisors to support your long-term college success
  • Saves tuition and financial aid dollars for credit courses that count toward your degree
  • Provides a next-step pathway to CUNY ASAP

SUNY Educational Opportunity Programs

SUNY Educational Opportunity Program

State University of New York’s Educational Opportunity Program (SUNY EOP) provide academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers. Here is a list of all the SUNY campuses with EOP programs and their contact information.

Resources for Undocumented Students

NYS Students with various immigrant statuses are now eligible to receive NYS financial aid through the NYS DREAM ACT. The DREAM Act gives undocumented and other status students access to New York State‐administered grants and scholarships that support their higher education costs. It is a two-part application that students complete their senior year, and then re-submit each year to maintain financial aid. It is a “gateway” application that gives you access to apply to TAP and the Excelsior Scholarship.

Financial aid information is constantly changing. Talk to your counselor and be sure to check state and federal aid websites for up-to-date information.