Academic support for CUNY students

CUNY Start | The City University of New York (CUNY)

Education Teen Young Adult Caregiver

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them over the phone. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly using the information below. To learn more about support for COVID-19 impacts, visit our Coronavirus Updates page

For incoming students who haven’t passed all their CUNY Assessment Tests and need to meet CUNY’s proficiency standards, CUNY Start offers affordable help in reading, writing, and math.

  • Costs $75, including materials
  • Students can choose between full-time and part-time schedules
  • A second program option, Math Start, helps students develop math skills in just 8 weeks
  • Foster youth can get additional services through the Foster Care Initiative

Am I eligible?

You might be eligible for CUNY Start if you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Have you earned a high school or high school equivalency diploma?
  • Have you been admitted to CUNY?
  • Have you received results on the CUNY Assessment Test showing you need more help in reading, writing, or math?
  • Are you a first-time freshman or an enrolled student with limited credits?

Specific colleges may have other eligibility criteria. Contact the CUNY Start program at your campus for more information.

I'm ready to apply

To enroll in CUNY Start:

  • Complete all CUNY admissions requirements and apply to a CUNY Start campus
  • Take the CUNY Assessment Test and check your scores to see if you need extra help
  • Go to an information session at one of the CUNY Start campuses
  • Complete the online program application
  • Interview with a CUNY Start staff member
  • Submit a copy of your high school or high school equivalency diploma and complete any other requirements for your college
  • Pay your $75 student fee

How can I get help?

Contact CUNY Start at your campus today

Borough of Manhattan Community College
(t) 646-346-8398

Bronx Community College
(t) 718-289-5100 ext. 3141

College of Staten Island
(t) 718-982-3069

Hostos Community College
(t) 718-518-6851

Kingsborough Community College
(t) 718-368-4500

LaGuardia Community College
(t) 718-482-5137

Medgar Evers College
(t) 718-270-6161

Queensborough Community College
(t) 718-281-5368

Get more information on the CUNY Start website.

Other Education Programs

Pre-high school equivalency (HSE) prep

Advance & Earn

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Youth increase reading and math skills to take high school equivalency tests and get job training, certifications, and paid internships.

Public school: kindergarten - grade 5

Kindergarten & Elementary School

NYC Department of Education

Enroll your child in school, starting when they are five years old. Learn about your elementary school options.

Free Pre-K for four-year-olds

Pre-K for All (Pre-K)

NYC Department of Education

Enroll your child in a free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K program.

Updated March 31, 2020