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Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)

The mission of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) is to help motivated students earn their Associate degree as quickly as possible. Our goal is to graduate students within three years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal support.


Benefits received by ASAP students include:

  • Access to an unlimited MetroCard while registered for classes.

  • A voucher to assist with 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 service.

Eligibility Criteria

All students must:

Complete all CUNY admissions requirements, including the CUNY Assessment Test. To apply to CUNY, visit:

Be a New York City resident and/or eligible for in-state tuition.

Agree to study full-time (minimum 12 credits per semester) in an ASAP-approved Associate degree program.

Complete the FAFSA at and the New York State TAP application at (Students not in receipt of financial aid but otherwise eligible may join ASAP but are responsible for paying all tuition and fees.)

Current CUNY or transfer students may have 16 or fewer college credits at the completion of the semester prior to entering the program and must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or above).

Be fully skills proficient or have no more than two outstanding developmental course needs at the time of entry. Students with developmental course needs are required to enroll and participate actively in CUNY Start or the Immersion program.

Students cannot participate in both ASAP and another MEC special program (SEEK or Honors Scholars). Current SEEK or Honors Scholars are not eligible to apply to ASAP.

To determine whether you are eligible for ASAP, try the quick and easy ASAP Eligibility Checklist checklist/.

Programs of Study

The following are ASAP-approved majors:

  • Liberal Arts (All Concentrations)

  • Business Administration

  • Science (Concentrations in Biology/Pre-Allied Health and Math)

  • Teacher Education

  • Public Administration

  • Computer Science

  • Computer Applications

  • English

  • African Diaspora

How to Apply

Program spaces are limited. Information Session attendance is required to join the program. Call 718-804-8209, email asap@mec. or visit the ASAP office in the S-Building (1637 Bedford), Room 206, with any questions.