The CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative aims to connect students to CUNY Start and/or ASAP to improve persistence and increase their chances of timely graduation at CUNY.  The Foster Care Initiative ensures a coordinated pathway to CUNY degree completion and is made possible thanks to the generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

The CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative will serve students aged 17-21* who:

  • Are currently being served by the New York City foster care system and wish to pursue an associate’s degree at CUNY;
  • Have significant remedial needs as determined by the CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) and would be well served by CUNY Start;
  • Have little or no remedial needs based on their CAT scores and are ready to matriculate full time into ASAP.

Program Services & Integrated Supports

Youth in foster care who are part of the CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative are eligible for enhanced services and financial support:

  • Assistance with the CUNY admissions and financial aid process;
  • CUNY application fee waiver, tuition assistance, and other financial supports;
  • Academic advisement and college navigation supports;
  • Weekly MetroCards to support successful participation in CUNY Start or ASAP;
  • Paid, on-campus internships at $11/hour for up to 15 hours a week.

How to Enroll

  1. Meet with your Case Planner, Guidance Counselor, or other adult (if under 18 years of age) to complete the online referral form.
  2. Complete all CUNY admissions requirements and other campus specific enrollment steps.
  3. Contact the Foster Care Initiative Program Coordinators with any questions.

For More Information

Lutful Khan
Program Coordinator

Greta Hosford
Program Coordinator

*Students who are working with foster care agencies and between the ages of 21-24 may be considered