Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)  

Contact Us

Room : B-Building, BA-22
Phone : (718) 482-5921

Monday and Thursday  9 a.m.- 6 p.m. 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


College is hard work, and you have multiple responsibilities to juggle while earning your degree. Due to a variety of stressors and responsibilities, too many community college students are not able to complete their associate degrees in a timely manner, if at all. ASAP is designed to help motivated community college students stay on track and graduate on time. If you’re selected for the program, we’ll provide you with academic, social and financial support to help you graduate in no more than three years.

We’ve Got Your Back. And Your Books. And your Metrocard.

An ASAP recruiter will email you within 48 hours regarding your eligibility and next steps.

CUNY ASAP Benefits

Benefits you receive as a CUNY ASAP student include:

  • A free unlimited MetroCard
  • Textbook assistance to reduce (or eliminate) the cost of textbooks
  • A scholarship covering tuition and mandatory fees for any gap left after applying your financial aid award (for students in receipt of financial aid)
  • A dedicated 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/ACE students to foster community and build your network
  • Build NACE career development competencies with our Career Specialists and academic support services


Is there a catch?

There is no catch! In exchange for ALL these resources, you will need to:

  • Enroll full time each semester and maintain good academic standing
  • Enroll immediately and continuously in any developmental supports
  • Meet regularly with your advisor, career specialist, and tutors, and attend any required enrichment activities
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application each year to remain eligible
  • Watch our Financial Aid 101 video to learn more about how to navigate the financial aid application process.
  • Students under the New York State Dream Act may be eligible to receive state aid, including TAP, Excelsior, and other state-administered scholarships. Visit for eligibility and to apply.


Are/were you in foster care?

Receive additional benefits, such as:

  • Tuition and fee gap scholarship (Admissions, CUNY Start, and Math Start)
  • Intersession tuition assistance (Free summer and winter courses)
  • Full coverage of MetroCards (Replacement MetroCards)
  • Full coverage of all textbooks and more. Learn more.


Academic Resources

The ASAP Resource Center (Room B-208) provides tutoring to help you improve your grades while developing your study skills. Take advantage of resources like computers for research and online assignments, a library of reference books, math software, exercise sheets for math and English homework, midterm and final review sessions, and online tutoring resources. Please note that tutoring is mandatory for all ASAP students enrolled in remedial courses.

For details about tutoring hours and availability, call 718-730-7550.

Career Resources

Whether you’ve decided on a career or not, the ASAP staff can help determine your goals and guide you toward a successful future.

  • Explore career options – Take the Career Finder (CF) assessment to help choose the right career based on your interests. Find the assessment through My LaGuardia.
  • Create a resume and cover letter – Meet with us or attend workshops to create or improve your resume and cover letter.
  • Attend a mock interview – A practice interview is required for ASAP students. It will help you improve your professional presence and interviewing techniques while learning what questions to ask and how to prepare.
  • Create a LinkedIn account – We’ll help you develop your web presence and encourage you to reach out to professionals for informative interviews and mentorship opportunities.
  • Attend a career event – Every semester, you’ll get the chance to practice networking and interviewing, explore career options and attend career panels to learn from professionals.

Are you Eligible?

  • Enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 Credits in Session I and 3 Credits in Session II)
  • Eligible for New York City resident tuition
  • Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application
  • Have not yet completed more than 15 college credits
  • Be proficient in Math and/or English or require no more than two developmental supports.*
  • Enroll immediately and continuously in any developmental supports
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

All ASAP and ACE students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents) must complete the FAFSA and TAP application each year and accept any federal and state grant aid awarded (Pell, SEOG, TAP). Students not in receipt of financial aid but otherwise eligible may join but may not receive a tuition waiver.

The New York State Dream Act helps students receive state aid, including TAP, Excelsior, and other state-administered scholarships. Visit for eligibility and to apply.

Not eligible to file for financial aid? No problem! You can still join ASAP and receive all the ASAP benefits, except for the tuition waiver. Please notify the recruitment team for further instructions.

All majors are eligible, except undeclared nursing, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant, EMT, radiology, dietetic technician and certificate programs.

Please note that you cannot participate in both SEEK/College Discovery and ASAP.

  • Step 1: Be a current student or apply to LaGuardia.
  • Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application each year. *
  • Step 3: Accept your offer of admission and complete all LaGuardia admissions requirements.
  • Step 4: Tell us you’re interested: An ASAP recruiter will email you within 48 hours regarding your eligibility and next steps.

Program slots are limited. Complete the steps as soon as possible to be considered.

For Family/Friends

Students’ support systems can help ensure they succeed academically, professionally and personally. See the following resources for support.

LaGuardia ASAP is dedicated to helping students graduate with their associate degree in no more than three years. Our students receive all the support they need to accomplish their academic goals, including the benefits listed above as well as a tuition-gap waiver (if eligible).

Our students must complete the following:

  • Meet with a personal advisor twice each month
  • Attend a summer/winter institute
  • Participate in the career development process to prepare for career success
  • Maintain full-time enrollment status (12 or more credit hours per semester)
  • Complete all remedial courses within the first year of being in the program
  • Attend tutoring as assigned
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA
  • Complete four ASAP-reserved courses in the first year
  • Graduate from LAGCC within three years

All students who are eligible to file for financial aid must do so even if they believe they will not receive financial assistance. Complete the free FAFSA and TAP applications at Important: LaGuardia must be listed on each application as the primary college using the following school codes:

  • FAFSA school code: 010051
  • TAP school code: 1403

For questions or help completing the application, reach out to Student Financial Services.

Need additional financial assistance? Apply for scholarships, emergency funds and internships through the LaGuardia Community College Foundation.

LaGuardia’s academic calendar indicates important college dates, such as the first and last day of the semester, dates in which students can properly drop a class and obtain refunds, college closures, college-wide course schedule changes and more. All students are expected to be aware of these important dates.

Once students receive their acceptance letters, guide them through the Enrollment Checklist to ensure they complete all necessary admissions processes.

See the College’s FERPA Release Form for more information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Learn about CUNY Pathways, which are courses available at all CUNY colleges that meet basic graduation requirements. Taking a pathways course guarantees that it will transfer to another CUNY college and will meet the same graduation requirement there.

LaGuardia students can access several free support services, such as additional tutoring, public assistance. crisis support and more.

  • CUNY EDGE: A range of services, benefits and support to help students succeed in college and in their careers.
  • LaGuardia CARES: Assistance with everyday needs and a food pantry
  • Wellness Center: Short-term counseling, crisis intervention, virtual group counseling, workshops and activities.
  • Office of Accessibility: Test-taking accommodations, note-taking assistance, alternate-formate textbooks, furniture and room accommodations, assistive technology, hearing accommodations and tutoring services.

Find out more about the LaGuardia ASAP program.

Meet our Staff

Position Name Email
Director Matthew Eckhoff
Associate Director Alexa Duque
Associate Director Aura Paulino-Regalado
Associate Director Charis Victory
Engagement Specialist Nicole Pellegrino
ASAP Academic Advisor Lissette Aguilar
Program Coordinator Michelle Holguin
ASAP Assistant Director for Collaborative Strategy David Roze
Recruitment Specialist Danny Ng
Recruitment Coordinator Ayoka Christopher-Skinner
Recruitment Coordinator Jessica De La Cruz
Career Specialist Rocio Reynoso
Financial Aid Coordinator Yesenia Sanchez

Senior Academic Advisors:

Name Email
Jenny Lugo
Jose Ramos

Academic Advisors:

Name Email
Anel Rojas
Alice Wong
Angela Wang
Brett Cummings
Caroline Mendez
Diane Vasquez
Evelyn Franco
Ariel Rosario
Lauren Rumsky
Liana Brower
Lucila Sanchez
Marlenes Berroa
Mark Yepez
Michelle Castro
Nebiyat Woldemichael
Anabel Rivas
Oslyn Mathlin
Stephanie Buscemi
Rose Volkes