CUNY EDGE- Formerly Known as COPE

CUNY EDGE- Formerly Known as COPE



Our mission is to help CUNY students who are receiving public assistance achieve academic excellence, graduate on time, and find employment. We envision a world in which all people have access to the educational opportunities and support they need to realize academic success, a sustainable career, and a brighter future.

We know that navigating college can be difficult when getting acquainted with an unfamiliar campus environment. While there are many options and amazing opportunities available, it can be challenging to find the right fit.   However, CUNY EDGE makes the process easier for students by guiding them along the way. 

Unlike traditional college scholarships and funds, there is no application process for CUNY EDGE.

You do not have to apply to get “accepted”.

Students who receive Public Assistance (see below for eligibility) will be able to utilize a wide range of services, benefits, and support so that they succeed in college, in their careers and beyond.


E          Educate: We promote academic excellence with consideration that our students have       multiple priorities. At the same time, we encourage each student to embrace their personal experience as a positive influence on their academics.

D         Develop: Every student is an individual. Whether your strengths are academic, career oriented or self-driven; we help cultivate your strengths from a holistic perspective. 

G         Graduate: We enable our students to embrace opportunities, stay focused and keep steadfast towards graduation.

E          Empower:  We empower students to deepen their individual capacity and apply their learning experiences in order to achieve a meaningful career.

We Offer

  • Students confidential counseling focusing on their specific priorities; academic personal and career advisement

  • Students the opportunity to participate in our personal and professional development seminar series

  • A culture of academic excellence, by providing support and limited tuition assistance for intersession classes

  • Students personalized coaching to connect them to internships, work study, and job opportunities

Who We Are

Yelena Meytes LCSW, Project Director & Advisor for juniors and seniors 212-393-6412 

Soheila Fortuna, Career Specialist & Advisor for freshmen and sophomores  212-393-6890

Amorita Jones, Attendance Monitor & Program Assistant  646-781-5133

  Linda Reals, Life Skills Coach

Madeleine Marrin Social Work Intern

Mmarrin@jjay.cuny.eduFordham School of Social Work 

WORKSHOPS:  Our workshops focus on three main topics; Life Skills, Career Development and Financial Fluency.  Workshops are offered Tuesdays during common hour and Wednesday evenings. 

Please visit and register for a workshop. 

ELIGIBILITY:  CUNY EDGE is a partnership between the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the University. In order to qualify for CUNY EDGE, you must be a matriculated CUNY undergraduate student who receives cash assistance from HRA.