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The COPE Graduation Success Initiative (GSI) is a year-long, structured academic and personal support program designed to help motivated students graduate within one year. GSI is a new pilot program designed to support public assistance recipients’ completion of associate degrees. Over the past 20 years, CUNY has partnered with the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) through the College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE) program to provide information, support services and job placement assistance to students receiving public assistance.

GSI enables students on public assistance to devote more time to their studies and focus on the academic and professional skills that will effectively prepare them for a competitive workforce.

GSI is funded by and operated in collaboration with the Family Independence Administration of the City of New York Human Resources Administration (HRA).  




“Above all is the support GSI gives in accomplishing all of your goals, not just graduating.” – GSI Graduate