College Program

Why should I join?

A college degree isn’t just the best way to get a good paying job, it’s a chance to explore ideas and the world in a supportive environment. The College Program at Grace Outreach is designed to help you get into college and to support you while you get your degree.

Grace Outreach College Prep classes help you get ready to start college. Our reading, writing, and math classes prepare you to take the college placement test at City University New York (CUNY) so that you will pass the out of the remedial requirements. Our instruction is also designed to familiarize you with college level work and to establish good study habits.

Classes

We currently offer 4 college prep class sessions throughout the year:
Fall (September – December)
Spring I (January – April)
Spring II (May – June)
Summer (July)

Our classes meet:
Tuesday – Thursday from 1 PM – 4 PM and Friday from 10 AM – 12 PM

Tutoring, Mentorship, and Community Events

We mentor you on scheduling, classes, scholarships, and transferring to 4-year schools.

We tutor you while you’re in our college prep classes by providing additional study-session hours. You can come back to us for tutoring assistance with your college classes by making appointments with College Program staff!

Our community is one of the best parts of Grace Outreach. The College Program hosts quarterly alumni lunches designed to bring current and former students together to share experiences.

College Application and Financial Aid

We work alongside you to apply for City University New York (CUNY) Colleges and for federal and state financial aid (FAFSA and TAP).

Cost

Our College program is FREE! Students who apply to the City University New York (CUNY) will have to pay an initial $65 application fee to the college in order for their application to be considered.

Get started!

Make an appointment to come in and learn more about our College Program by contacting Grace Outreach College Program coordinator, Gabriel Nelson (gnelson@graceoutreachbronx.org).

  • City University New York

    Founded in 1847, the City University of New York is one of the leading public university systems in the world. CUNY has over 270,000 students enrolled across all five boroughs through its network of 7 community colleges, 13 four-year colleges, and 4 graduate universities.

  • CUNY ASAP

    If you are an incoming CUNY student who has not passed one or more sections of the CUNY Assessment Tests, then CUNY Start may be a good program for you. CUNY Start provides intensive preparation in academic reading/writing, pre-college mathematics, and “college success” advisement for students with significant remedial needs.

  • CUNY Start

    If you are an incoming CUNY student who has not passed one or more sections of the CUNY Assessment Tests, then CUNY Start may be a good program for you. CUNY Start provides intensive preparation in academic reading/writing, pre-college mathematics, and “college success” advisement for students with significant remedial needs.

  • CUNY COPE

    The College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Program (COPE) is a CUNY program in collaboration with the The City of New York Human Resources Administration (HRA) that provides supportive services to CUNY students who are receiving public assistance. COPE strives to help students meet CUNY college standards and their HRA work obligation, in order to enhance their chances of graduating and achieving long term self-sufficiency through gainful employment.

  • CUNY CLIP

    For college bound students who speak English as a second language, CLIP is an option for ESL students who prefer a full-time immersion approach to their English language studies that does not draw upon their financial aid allocation, and is offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. CLIP is designed primarily for first-time freshmen with English language needs who have not yet passed the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and/or Writing

  • Estimate your CUNY college cost

    Estimate your total cost for attending college with the CUNY net price calculator:

Frequently Asked Questions

The CUNY Assessment test (CAT) in reading, writing, and math is used to determine students’ readiness for college-level courses. You have to take it before you are admitted. Your scores on these exams determine if you are exempt from taking remedial courses. Grace Outreach prepares you to take the test so that you don't have to take remedial courses.
If you don’t pass the required scores on any of the CAT subjects you will be required to take remedial courses at a 2 year college or through an immersion program at a senior college. Remedial Courses prepare you for college level work in the basic subjects of math, writing, or reading. You do not receive credit for taking remedial courses, though you will have to pay for these them.
City University New York (CUNY) is a not-for-profit network of schools in New York City. A not-for-profit college gets money from state, federal and tuition dollars and puts that money back into the school. A for-profit school is run as a business with the aim of making money. These schools often charge more money for tuition and fees and make false promises about finishing a degree in a very short period of time.
Financial Aid is determined based on your income, status as a full or part-time student, and the cost of attendance at the college you choose. Many students qualify for full or partial financial aid which may pay for your full tuition in addition to paying for your books and other fees. Grace Outreach works with you to apply for financial aid and to see what scholarship and loan options are available to you.