CUNY Start at the College of Staten Island is a low-cost, intensive program for college bound high school and GED graduates needing academic preparation in math and/or reading and writing. In addition, participants receive academic advisement and develop skills to help them succeed in college. CUNY Start offers both a full time program for students who need to retake the math assessment test and the reading and/or writing assessment tests, and a part time program for students needing to retake either the math assessment or the reading and writing assessment tests. After successfully completing the course, students have two opportunities to retake the placement exams. The program which costs only $75 per semester, including all books and materials, allows participants to save their financial aid for credit courses.