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

    I’m Interested

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

    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.

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  • 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:

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • "Being in ASAP was an awesome opportunity which made it possible to get free transportation, free textbooks, free tutoring services, and the most valuable group of Academic Advisors who treat us as their family, and dedicated their precious time in helping us plan our careers and futures." - Khalid

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  • 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 www.hesc.ny.gov/dream 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.

  • "Being part of ASAP made me feel that I was never alone. I always felt that I had a place to go to whether I needed emotional support, or an extra push to make me work harder. The feeling of anxiety that I would not live up to my full potential because of my setback, quickly deteriorated thanks to this program." - Selma

  • How to Apply

    Step 1

    Step 1:

    Be a current student or apply to LaGuardia.

    Step 2

    Step 2:

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application each year.*

    Step 3

    Step 3:

    Accept your offer of admission and complete all LaGuardia admissions requirements.

    Step 4

    Step 4:

    Tell us you’re interested:

    I’m 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.

  • "ASAP has been helping us to explore our potentials, to dare to do more in order to afford our dreams." - Yunxi

  • 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 fafsa.gov. 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, collegewide 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.

  • Vision - ASAP
  • LaGuardia’s ASAP Team 

    Our mission is to support and empower you to take ownership of your self-discovery process through a committed and socially responsible community that stimulates and nurtures a culture of lifelong learning.

    • Student-centered: We support you holistically, helping shape your future and personal development. We do this by creating a space where you can identify and explore your passions.
    • Leadership: We foster a supportive community that inspires and empowers everyone to reach their full potential by embodying the role of a responsible educator, learner and professional.
    • Professionalism: Being willing and ready to work, we hold a self-reflecting spirit that upholds effective communication, accountability, honesty and support, providing tools for continuous growth.
    • Innovation: We strive to foster community through integrating new approaches, best practices and excellence.
    • Development: We celebrate a multicultural environment rooted in dedicated student support, self-care and effective communication, providing all-inclusive growth for the ASAP community.
    • Integrity: We believe in the value of honesty, taking ownership and accountability and being genuine in our relationships. We embrace diversity and aim to inspire, empower and motivate each other to provide a safe learning environment for our community.

    Matthew Eckhoff
    Program Director
    Aura Paulino
    Associate Director

    Danny Ng
    Recruitment Specialist

    Charis Victory
    Associate Director

    Alexa Duque
    Associate Director

    Rocio Rosado
    Career Employment Specialist
    David Roze
    Resource Center Coordinator
    Michelle Holguin
    ASAP Academic Program Coordinator
    Ayoka Christopher-Skinner
    Recruitment Coordinator

    Lissette Aguilar
    Recruitment Coordinator

    Yesenia Sanchez
    Financial Aid Coordinator


    Senior Advisors

    Esther Rosa 
    Madelyn Nieves 


    Marlenes Berroa
    Caroline Mendez 
    Brett Cummings
    Michelle Castro 
    Lucila Sanchez
    Nicole Pellegrino 
    Nebyat Woldemichael
    Stephanie Buscemi 
    Stefania Dinu 
    Mark Yepez 
    Nereida Rama
    Lauren Rumsky 
    Evelyn Franco
    Jabari Stewart 
    Diane Vasquez