CUNY EDGE (Educate, Develop, Graduate and Empower) formerly known as the COPE program, is funded and operated in partnership between the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide matriculated CUNY students with the supports they need to succeed in college, secure sustainable employment, and to become civically engaged members of society.

The CUNY EDGE program consists of academic, personal and career advisement services. The goal is to promote a culture of academic excellence to support students receiving public assistance to achieve graduating on time. The program provides ongoing individualized planning and advising to help students fulfill their academic requirements geared towards completion of their degree, manouver their personal life, and attain meaningful and sustainable employment.

Program Benefits:

  • Offers ongoing academic, personal, and career planning advisement
  • Limited tuition support for intersession and summer classes
  • ​Completion of school enrollment verification letter (HRA-154) for compliance with all current HRA rules/regulations
  • Connection to internship, EDGE Paid Fellowship, and job opportunities for experiential learning
  • Professional development workshops and networking events
  • Resume & cover letter development and completion
  • Support with Graduate School application process
  • CUNY EDGE/Mitsui USA full-tuition scholarship, and assistance identifying other scholarship opportunities
  • Social services referral (homelessness, eviction and eviction prevention, domestic violence, child support, and other assistance as required)



  • Matriculated CUNY undergraduate student
  • Must be an active Human Resource Administration (HRA) Cash Assistance Recipient
  • Submitted our Intake, FERPA and E-Signature via Email.
    To request these forms, email cunyedge@jjay.cuny.edu


Vision: CUNY EDGE envisions a world in which all people have access to the educational opportunities and support they need to realize academic success and a sustainable career and a brighter future.

Mission: CUNY EDGE's mission is to help CUNY students who are receiving public assistance achieve academic excellence, graduate on time, and find employment.

Values: Our values encompass all aspects of our work. Our values define us—who we are and who we are not.

CUNY EDGE commits to:


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.

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. 

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

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