CSI ACE is a comprehensive program designed to help students with an earned associate’s degree complete their academic journey to the bachelor’s degree on time. Modeled on the ASAP Program, ACE provides a range of financial, academic, and personal support, including individualized academic advising and career development support, as well as tuition, textbook, and transportation assistance.

For our first CSI ACE cohort (Spring 2022), students will need to have graduated from ASAP at CSI. Beginning in Fall 2022, ASAP graduates from any CUNY-partner college, holding an associate degree in a CSI ACE-eligible or related major, will be eligible to apply for ACE at CSI. Stay connected with us for more information regarding our Fall 2022 recruitment!

If you are an incoming first-year, incoming transfer, or continuing student at CSI, we encourage you to visit CSI ASAP to learn more.


Contact Information

ACE Criteria, Admission, and Enrollment

Email ACE Criteria, Admission, and Enrollment
Building 5N, Room 112

Monday - Friday
9AM - 5PM

CSI ACE will be launched in Spring 2022, with its first cohort consisting of associate’s degree graduates from CSI ASAP.  CSI ACE recruitment will be expanded to include associate’s degree graduates from other ASAP-partner campuses, other colleges, and CSI.  Stay tuned for more information on our Fall 2022 ACE recruitment.

You may be eligible for CSI ACE if you answer “Yes” to the following:

  • Currently enrolled in CSI ASAP and earning an associate’s degree at the conclusion of Fall 2021?
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA?
  • Pursuing an ACE-supported bachelor’s degree major?
  • On track to earn your bachelor’s degree within two years upon earning your associate’s degree?
  • A New York City resident and/or eligible for in-state tuition (as per the CUNY tuition and fees manual);
  • Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (NYS-TAP)?  
    • Note: CSI ACE students must file and fully complete FAFSA and TAP applications each year, and accept any federal and state grant aid awarded (Pell, SEOG, TAP).
    • Students who are unable to complete FAFSA/TAP due to immigration status must complete the NYS Dream Act application.
    • Students not in receipt of financial aid, but otherwise eligible, may join ACE; however, they are not eligible to receive a tuition gap scholarship.

We are committed to YOUR success!  Helping you succeed is a team effort: You and Your Student Success Team!
As an ACE student, you will receive a variety of support toward the completion of your bachelor’s degree within two years at CSI:

  • A dedicated advisor and student success team to guide and support your progress towards your bachelor’s degree completion and post-graduation/graduate school preparation;
  • Enhanced career development and academic support resources;
  • Priority registration to help you get the classes you need;
  • A tuition gap scholarship for any difference between tuition costs and your financial aid award (for students in receipt of financial aid);
  • Free use of MetroCard or campus parking;
  • Funding toward textbooks.
  • CSI ASAP students who have filed for Fall 2021 associate’s degree graduation will be invited to complete the ACE Program Overview and Pre-Application Learning Module on Blackboard.
  • Upon completing the learning module, students will have access to the CSI ACE Application.
  • ASAP students are encouraged to connect with their advisor as they prepare their ACE application.
  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2022 ACE Program entry is December 1, 2021.

Notes on Spring 2022 ACE Recruitment:

  • Seats are limited in CSI ACE; ASAP students interested in receiving continuous support for their baccalaureate studies should apply as soon as possible.
  • While priority consideration will be given to CSI ASAP students, ASAP students earning an associate’s degree in Fall 2021 from other ASAP-partner campuses and transferring to CSI in Spring 2022 may contact to inquire about transferring to CSI ACE.

Watch this space in the coming months for more information on our expanded recruitment for Fall 2022!

Keep Your Academic Momentum Up!  Let us help you earn your bachelor’s degree and set you on the path to achieve your academic and pre-professional goals. In exchange for all of these resources, and to help you succeed, you will need to:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment status (minimum 15 credits) each semester and good academic standing.
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits each academic years (Note: Students may be required to take winter and/or summer courses to meet this credit completion benchmark.)
  • Meet regularly with your student success team, consisting of academic advisor, career specialist, student engagement staff, and faculty mentor (once or twice per month, unless otherwise determined by your advisor or student success team).
  • Commit to following the academic plan developed by you and your advisor and completing your bachelor’s degree within two years upon joining ACE.
  • Participate in required activities/events, including student orientation/institute, career development, student-community engagement, and academic enrichment activities.
  • File for FAFSA (Federal) and TAP (NYS) financial aid each year, and complete all verification and follow-up steps as required by the Office of Financial Aid.  (Note: You must accept all financial aid awards for which you are deemed eligible.)  

ASAP|ACE at CSI support all majors offered at the College, except for nursing. If the program in which you are interested in pursuing is not listed, please contact us for more information. Visit this page for the full major and courses listing.

The entire ASAP|ACE Advising Team is dedicated to supporting students’ academic success through our personalized, holistic, proactive, high-touch, and learning-centered advising model.  In addition to assisting with enrollment and removing college-roadblocks, the dedicated advisor serves as the student’s primary mentor, supporter, and advocate to help you make sense and meaning of your undergraduate experience. Read about our services here.

The CSI ASAP|ACE Student Success Team is committed to supporting your academic success!  As your college navigation system, cheerleader, and number one supporter, the entire ASAP|ACE Team is here to support you as you work towards achieving your academic and pre-professional goals.  We will stay connected with you! Please never hesitate to connect with us and your dedicated team.

Program Leadership and Administration

  • Ronald J. Oliva, Assistant Director

Student Support and Advisement

  • Damany Higgs, Academic Advisor
  • Damaris Hipolito, Academic Advisor
  • Brittany Jost-Sinodinos
  • Natasha Lauriston, Academic Advisor
  • Lauren Merenda, Academic Advisor
  • Matthew Navarria, Academic Advisor
  • Mary Quezada, Academic Advisor
  • Melissa Scafiddi, Academic Advisor
  • Jasmine Smith
  • Christen Trapani-Kern, Academic Advisor
  • Sheila Harris, Financial Aid Specialist

Career Development and Student Engagement

Student Recruitment 

Administrative Support

  • Rosanna Cashin, College Assistant
  • JeanaMarie Ventrone, Administrative Coordinator