CUNY Start provides intensive preparation in academic reading/writing, math, and “college success.” The program enrolls prospective CUNY students who have been accepted to college because they have a high school or GED diploma, but are not ready for college-level work based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests.

Students who have enrolled in CUNY Start are required to re-take the CUNY Assessment Tests. Former students have shown significant skill gains when they re-take the CUNY Assessment Tests many bypass the required remedial coursework.

Program Options


  • 25 hours per week
  • Mondays through Fridays, 9am – 3pm
  • Academic Reading/Writing and Pre-College Math
  • Locations: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College


  • 12 hours per week
  • Afternoons and evenings
  • Academic Reading/Writing or Pre-College Math
  • Locations: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College, LaGuardia Community College


College Now participation is restricted to students registered with the NYCDOE, including registered home schooled students and students with disabilities whose private school tuition is supported by the NYCDOE. The program’s dual enrollment offerings are geared toward 11th and 12th grade students. For most college-credit courses, students must meet certain eligibility requirements, most of which are based on exam scores (SAT, PSAT, Regents) and/or GPA (see below). The program also offers developmental education courses, pre-college courses, and activities geared toward those high school students who may not meet eligibility requirements for college-credit courses. Note: Requirements vary from campus to campus.


The CUNY Pipeline Program is designed to provide educational and financial support to underrepresented CUNY undergraduates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in preparation for college-level teaching and advanced research in any discipline except law and medicine.

The CUNY Pipeline Program seeks to recruit students from groups currently underrepresented in our nation’s Universities.

Along with a stipend of $3,250, the CUNY Pipeline Program provides orientation to the academic profession through a summer research institute at The Graduate Center and research projects conducted with doctoral faculty.

In the summer the CUNY Pipeline Program fellows take a 4-credit research seminar to orient them to academia, participate in workshops on applying to graduate school, and attend workshops in preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Fellows report on their research project at the annual CUNY Pipeline Conference held at The Graduate Center and submit a written senior thesis at the end of the academic year.


The Regents’ Statewide Plan for Post-Secondary Education requires that teacher education programs emphasize field-based training. A Cooperating Teacher program has been designed for CUNY to participate in reaching this goal. The following outlines the tuition and fee implications of this program:

  • An Application Fee will be charged upon original application. This fee will be waived for up to three semesters of non-attendance (including one summer session) if the cooperating teacher re-registers within 13 months of the last registration.
  • The teacher must present a valid Tuition-Waiver Certificate. The certificate is valid for enrollment within one year from date of issue. Thus, a cooperating teacher has the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as the summer session to utilize the waiver.
  • Upon payment of the Application Fee, cooperating teachers may be granted tuition waivers for up to 6 credits for any semester (including summer session), up to a total of 18 credits. Charges for excess contact hours may also be waived for courses in which tuition has been waived. Tuition waivers may be granted to residents and non-residents and are applicable to undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • A Cooperating Teacher Fee and a Consolidated Services Fee are charged to each cooperating teacher “student” per semester of enrollment. The Cooperating Teacher Waiver is not the same as the Maintenance of Matriculation Fee.
  • Cooperating teacher “students” who take credits in excess of those waived are required to pay tuition at the applicable residency rate for the additional credits, in addition to the Cooperating Teacher Fee.
  • Cooperating teacher “students” are exempt from payment of student activity fees; however, they must pay the Consolidated Services Fee, and any other-than-tuition charges (i.e., late registration, program change, etc.)


  • Established in 2001, the Macaulay Honors College is a University-wide honors program for outstanding students, called University Scholars, who are entering college for the first time. University Scholars enroll at one of the seven participating CUNY senior colleges and have access to the variety of educational opportunities offered throughout the CUNY system. The educational direction and administrative and fiscal oversight of the program are the responsibility of the Macaulay Honors College University Dean.
  • At each participating college an Honors Program Director is responsible for managing and coordinating honors-related activities on campus. Honors College advisors provide advice and mentor University Scholars on all issues relating to academic work and student life. In addition, Instructional Technology Fellows on each campus assist students in the use of their laptop and computer technology to support and enhance their academic work.
  • All University Scholars take a sequence of four interdisciplinary seminars, each having a focus on New York City, as well as a minimum of four other honors courses. Macaulay Honors College students are expected to complete 15 credits per semester and achieve an overall 3.3 GPA by the end of their freshman year and a 3.5 GPA by the end of their sophomore year, which must be maintained until graduation. They also participate in either a study abroad or internship experience as well as complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service.
  • A cornerstone of the program is the ability of University Scholars to register for coursework at any of the CUNY colleges, including the graduate and professional schools. This is accomplished through the CUNY permit process with the understanding that University Scholars are afforded priority registration whether it is the home or host college. In addition, each University Scholar receives a Cultural Passport that provides free or discounted access to more than 80 New York City cultural institutions.
  • University Scholars receive access to study grants (currently, up to $7,500 and supported by private donations) from their sophomore through senior years for academically enriching experiences, such as study abroad or living expenses during unpaid internships or research projects. After the application process is successfully completed, study grants are processed through the operation of the Office of the University Controller.
  • Effective in fall 2013, out-of-state students accepted and subsequently enrolled at Macaulay will not be eligible for the Tuition Scholarship. Out-of-state students will be responsible for the total cost of their tuition. Currently enrolled out-of-state students will continue receiving the full Tuition Scholarship for the duration of their attendance.
  • University Scholarships awarded to all Macaulay Honors College students cover a full four-year tuition scholarship. Tuition is funded first from eligible TAP awards, followed by any tuition-only scholarships, and lastly through funded waivers by the University Budget Office.
  • As a pre-requisite to obtaining the University Scholarship (Tuition and Opportunities Fund), all Macaulay Honors College students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and all New York State residents must complete the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application.
  • The University Budget Office reimburses all Macaulay Honors College waivers at the resident rate of tuition.
  • Home colleges of University Scholars may supplement the Honors College scholarships through campus-based awards.
  • University Scholars register at their respective home colleges and are billed through the CUNY administrative finance system. Waivers are recorded only for the tuition portion of the bill, but not the fees. Macaulay Honors College students are responsible for payment of all fees related to their enrollment at CUNY.
  • Any questions about the program or the treatment of University Scholars should be directed to the University and campus Macaulay Honors College officials.
  • Students who study abroad can request tuition reimbursement for the Study Abroad course(s).
  • Beginning with Spring 2008, Macaulay students will have the opportunity to apply for extended tuition funding. Extended funding opportunities allow students to extend their study for an additional academic year, beyond the four year tuition scholarship generally granted. Macaulay will provide support for up to ten (10) students per academic year for a total of nine or ten semesters of extended funding. Extended funding applications from sophomores and juniors (only in exceptional cases from seniors) in good standing will be considered at the end of each fall semester. A committee will consider all applications and make final determinations according to the criteria based upon a firm academic rationale.
  • Macaulay Honors College students are liable for all incurred tuition charges due to late program changes or dropping/withdrawing from a course.
  • For additional information, please review the “Tuition and Fee Waivers”.


The City University of New York (CUNY) and the government of the Dominican Republic (DR) agreed to enter into a program of educational and cultural exchange for students of CUNY and the DR. The Program includes annual admission, registration, and attendance at any of CUNY’s constituent undergraduate colleges for up to fifty (50) (new) students each year from high schools and colleges within the DR. Under the terms of the agreement the DR will recruit and select the students who will be recommended to CUNY for admission consideration. In turn, students admitted to CUNY may be considered for sponsorships funded by the DR for admission to institutions in the DR. Dominican students in the program may be admitted to a CUNY college as freshmen or as undergraduate transfer students.

The DR may fund up to three hundred (300) program students at any given time. The DR will provide the following for each selected student, each semester they are enrolled at a CUNY college through completion of their selected program:

  • tuition and fees
  • funds for the books
  • required health insurance coverage
  • a percentage of the students’ living expenses

The selection of students for the Program will be administered by the DR and conducted through a national academic merit competition. The requirements for sponsorship include:

  • possession of a high school diploma issued by the Secretariat of State for Education of the Dominican Republic
  • a high level of proficiency in English as demonstrated by the TOEFL score
  • an average academic index of at least “B” or 80 in high school (and at the university level for transfer applicants already pursuing college-level studies in a Dominican Republic institution of higher education.)
  • Each semester, the Treasury and Cash Management office of the Office of the University Controller forwards a list of participating Dominican Republic Program students to the Office of the University’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Such list is then forwarded to each college with Program participants.
  • The colleges are requested to complete a form with detailed tuition and fee data per student and return it to the Office of the University Controller. A consolidated schedule/invoice is prepared for submission to the DR from the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.


Senior citizens (members of the community 60 years of age or older) can take courses at CUNY in a variety of ways.

  • Senior citizens may enroll in CUNY institutions and enter degree programs identically to any other student and may be eligible for financial aid. All fees apply to these degree seeking students.
  • The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York authorizes colleges to permit residents of New York State sixty years of age and older to enroll in undergraduate courses, on an audit basis without tuition charge and without credit, on a space-available basis. Individuals who enroll shall be charged an administrative fee, the student consolidated services fee, as well as any other fees they may incur. They shall not be charged student activity fees or application fees. Check the fee tables to determine the current fees.
  • Specific community colleges may have specific programs designed for senior citizens, one is named My Turn. See individual college websites or bulletins for specifics.
    • Acceptable types of proof of age qualification (a copy of which the college must retain) are:
    • Birth certificate
    • Driver’s license
    • Medicare/Medicaid card
  • Specific to Community College Senior Citizen Waiver
    • Waiver calculated utilizing lowest undergraduate resident degree tuition rate
    • Waivers are treated as offset to revenue on financial statements
    • Total tuition revenue is net of waivers
    • College counts course credits for FTE reporting
    • Acceptable types of proof of age qualification
  • Specific to Senior College Senior Citizen Audit Program
    • May enroll in undergraduate courses on an audit basis without tuition charge and without academic credit
    • College does not count course credits for FTE reporting and does not report waiver amounts as reimbursable waivers
    • The grade of AUD will be assigned
    • No revenue is recorded for purposes of financial statements
    • Senior citizens may enroll as undergraduate degree degree-credit student, BUT
      • Senior citizens may not be categorized as an “audit” student and a degree student during the same semester or session
    • Senior citizens are not permitted to register tuition free for any graduate level course and utilize a tuition fee waiver.