A comprehensive community college program that provides academic, personal, and financial supports to low-income students who need remedial education, with the goal of increasing college graduate rates.
ASAP is designed to help low-income community college students with remedial education needs to complete their studies and earn an associate’s degree – if possible, within 3 years. Participation is offered to new students and continuing students who have earned 12 or fewer credits, and is voluntary. Core program components include: (i) required full-time enrollment at CUNY; (ii) a range of resources that ASAP students are required to utilize including an ASAP-dedicated advisor who helps students with academic, social, and interpersonal issues, a career counselor, and tutoring services; (iii) special class scheduling options to ensure that ASAP students secure the classes that they need and that they take remedial classes early in college alongside other ASAP students; and (iv) financial supports such as tuition waivers equal to the difference between students’ tuition/fees and their existing financial aid, as well as MetroCards and free use of textbooks.
In the study described below, the estimated per-student cost of ASAP incurred by CUNY was approximately $16,000 higher than the nearly $26,000 spent by CUNY on non-ASAP students.