ASAP at a Glance
It takes investment to succeed, and ASAP invests in its students. ASAP provides several incentives to remove financial barriers to full-time college study. Any gap between financial aid award and tuition and fees is waived so there is no cost of attendance for financial-aid eligible students. All students receive monthly New York City MTA Metrocards and free use of textbooks for their classes.
ASAP students take the majority of their first-year classes in small, close-knit cohorts of 25 students who move through the program together by major. This connected community helps students develop close and supportive relationships with one another and their instructors. Students also participate in the ASAP Seminar, a weekly non-credit advisement program facilitated by ASAP staff. In year two, students take required classes with some of their fellow ASAP students and the general college population and continue to attend the ASAP Seminar.
FULL-TIME STUDY AND AVAILABLE MAJORS
All ASAP students are required to maintain full-time status (minimum 12 credits per semester) and are strongly encouraged to take classes during winter and summer sessions to accelerate movement towards graduation. ASAP supports most majors that can be completed with in three years. All colleges offer an array of programs leading to the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), or Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). Available majors are selected by partner community colleges based on projected job growth in New York City and transferability to four-year colleges. Click here to view the available majors and degrees.
It can be challenging for community college students to balance a college schedule with the demands of work and family. Each college provides a range of scheduling options designed so that ASAP students can attend classes in a convenient morning, afternoon, or evening block of time that is compatible with their demanding schedules.
ASAP students receive the mentoring and guidance they need to succeed. An experienced, full-time advisor carefully guides each student's progress, steering students to make wise decisions about how to get the most out of their college experience and to strategically plan for their futures. ASAP advisors meet with students at least twice a month and provide comprehensive academic, social, and interpersonal support. Frequent contact between faculty and advisors ensures that students in need or additional support are referred as early as possible. Should ASAP students choose to pursue further study after completing the Associates degree, the advisor will aid the selection, application and transfer process to an appropriate baccalaureate program.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Throughout the academic year, skilled tutors are available to give ASAP students an added academic boost and to help them realize their full academic potential. Depending on college, tutors are available both in and out of the classroom and in a wide variety of subjects. Regular interaction between faculty and advisors ensures that students who need additional support are guided to tutoring as early as possible. Many ASAP programs have dedicated space for homework assistance, study groups, and scheduled review sessions for individual courses.
ASAP career and employment specialists are available at each college to help students develop their career goals from day one. ASAP career and employment specialists deliver workshops on interviewing and job skills as part of the ASAP Seminar, assist with creation of resumes and cover letters, and help students shape long-term goals including consideration of internships and consideration of future study. Students who require employment are placed in an appropriate job situation to allow them to take a full-time course load. ASAP career and employment specialists work with advisors to provide all students with support in transferring to a 4-year college and/or entering the work force as they near graduation.