Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) ASAP, or Accelerated Study in Associate Programs is designed to help motivated college students at community colleges and comprehensive colleges to earn an associate degree as quickly as possible with the goal of graduating 50% of program participants within three years. ASAP offers students a combination of block programming, extra (and required) support services and enrichment activities, small classes (25 or fewer students), career development and job placement assistance, tuition waivers for financial aid eligible students, free use of textbooks and monthly Metrocards for all students. Near the completion of their degree, all ASAP students will receive personal guidance in gaining employment in their selected career field or admission to an appropriate program at a baccalaureate degree-granting college or university. New York City Council Merit Scholarship The New York City Council Merit Scholarship rewards New York City high school graduates who have proven their ability to succeed academically while they were in high school. The scholarship is effective beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year and students will receive $800 per year ($400 per semester). Scholarship awards may vary for each academic year. Application Form - There is no separate application for the scholarship. Students are automatically considered for the award when they apply for admission to CUNY. To qualify you must: Graduate from a New York City high school with at least an 80(B) College Academic Average (CAA) average Pass at least twelve college preparatory courses in high school Enroll at a CUNY college as a full-time student within one year of graduating from high school Register as a full-time student each semester (except summer) and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA Attend CUNY before attending any other postsecondary institution Students must graduate high school beginning June 2014 Undocumented students are not eligible for the Merit Scholarship Pursuit and Progress You must maintain continuous full-time (12 credits) enrollment within the City University of New York system You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher Students pursuing an associate's degree may receive the NYC Council Merit Scholarship for a maximum of six semesters. Those seeking a bachelor's degree are limited to eight semesters of eligibility The award is not restored once it has been lost. Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities The Goldstein Scholarship’s purpose is to support the persistence and graduation of CUNY students who must take reduced course loads as reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. CUNY offers these scholarships in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Matthew Goldstein, whose career at our University is a testament to the core values of meaningful access and opportunity in higher education for all otherwise qualified students. Indeed, Chancellor Goldstein’s work has been keenly focused upon extending affordable, accessible and above all, excellent higher education opportunities to groups of students that have historically been underrepresented at CUNY, particularly those with disabilities. This scholarship can provide a tuition waiver for unmet TAP for eligible students. Students considered for the Goldstein Scholarships must meet the following eligibility criteria: Must be an undergraduate student, enrolled in a degree program Must be in good academic standing, i.e. a grade-point average of 2.0 or better Must be registered with a campus Office of Disability Resources & Services Must be certified as eligible to participate in the “ADA TAP” program by a campus Financial Aid Office’s TAP Certifying Official Must be certified as depleting TAP within the upcoming school year by a campus Financial Aid Office’s TAP Certifying Official Must complete a Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Application <pdf> by the application deadline. In order to compete for a 2015-16 Goldstein Scholarship, please complete the scholarship application and submit it to your campus Office of Disability Resources & Services no later than June.