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Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)

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. Key ASAP program features include a consolidated block schedule, cohorts by major, small class size, required full-time study and comprehensive advisement and career development services. Financial incentives include tuition waivers for financial aid eligible students and free use of textbooks and monthly Metrocards for all students.

  • ASAP is supported by the City and State of New York, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation.


Follow these six easy steps to get started:

  1. Apply to Hostos Community College at cuny.edu/admissions.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program application at www.hesc.ny.gov. See CUNY Financial Aid Award guide.
  3. Get accepted to Hostos Community College College — CONGRATULATIONS! —and accept your offer of admission.
  4. Complete all admissions requirements, including the CUNY Assessment Tests, if necessary. For more information on testing visit: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/testing.html
  5. Contact our ASAP office 718-664-2646, asap@hostos.cuny.edu or stop by our office C-Building Room: C-490


ASAP: Selection Criteria

  • Students must complete all required CUNY admissions requirements, including the CUNY Assessment Test.
  • Be a New York City resident and/or eligible for in-state tuition (as per the CUNY tuition and fees manual)
  • All students must agree to enter into an Associate’s degree program (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) on a full-time basis (minimum 12 credits per semester) in an ASAP-approved major (at Hostos, all majors except Nursing, Radiologic Tech., and Dental Tech. are eligible)
  • Current CUNY or transfer students may have 15 or fewer college credits at the completion of the spring 2017 semester. Continuing students must have a GPA of 2.0 or above and be able to take a full-time course load in fall 2017.
  • All students must be fully skills proficient or have no more than two outstanding developmental course needs based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment Test in non-ESL writing and math (all ASAP-eligible students at Hostos must pass reading).
  • Students with two developmental course needs at time of application must attempt at least one of their required courses in the summer before program entry. Failure to enroll in a summer developmental course may cause a student to be ineligible for ASAP. ASAP offers a variety of summer developmental scheduling options and courses are offered at no charge. ASAP also provides Metrocards to all enrolled students.
  • All ASAP students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application at www.hesc.ny.goveach year, and accept any federal and state grant aid awarded (Pell, SEOG, TAP).(Students not in receipt of financial aid but other wise eligible may join ASAP but may not receive a tuition waiver.) See CUNY Financial Aid Award guide.


Visit the CUNY ASAP website for more information on the program


Follow ASAP:


If you are interested in participating in the ASAP program, please contact Chrystal Joseph, at 718.664.2646 or by email at asap@hostos.cuny.edu. 
We are located at 500 Grand Concourse C-Building Room: C-490, Bronx, NY 10451


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