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CUNY/City STEM Initiative: For qualifying students in associate degree programs, enroll in and complete any designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) course/s and receive a tuition waiver for that/those course/s. To promote credit accumulation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses and help STEM students complete a sufficient number of credits each year without jeopardizing their future Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility, the City of New York and CUNY have provided funding to offer tuition waivers for identified STEM courses during the Summer and/or Winter intersessions for current CSI students that are matriculated in an associate degree program and are New York City residents. 

PLEASE NOTE: CSI received limited funding to support the STEM Waiver program for the Winter (January) 2024 intersession and, if any funding remains, for Summer 2024 (Session I only). An application is NOT required. Priority is given based on a student's enrollment in eligible courses, so please complete your enrollment for Winter 2024 as soon as possible to be considered. 

Eligible students will be identified based on enrollment in designated STEM courses and then contacted. If you believe you might be eligible and were not identified & contacted by the start of your Winter Courses, please review the information below and on our FAQs and then contact us:

  • Awards are subject to meeting eligibility requirements and the availability of funding. STEM waivers cover the costs of tuition only. Student are responsible for all related Student Fees. Please review all Eligibility Requirements & FAQS;


Only current CSI Undergraduate or returning students that have recently readmitted to CSI for Spring 2024, and who meet the following requirements, are eligible for a STEM Tuition Waiver for eligible Winter 2024 STEM-designated courses. International, Non-Degree, & Visiting students do not qualify for STEM Tuition Waivers. You must: 

  • Be a New York City resident at the time the waiver is applied; 
  • Be a CSI matriculated student in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA at the time of enrollment) in any associate degree program at CSI. Students enrolled in their first term without an established CSI GPA are not initially eligible for the waiver. However, they may receive the waiver retroactively once Fall 2024 grades are final and they show that a student is in good academic standing;
  • Have not previously completed a Bachelors or other advanced degree; 
  • Be eligible to enroll, meeting all necessary prerequisites, in the identified STEM course offerings.

In addition:

  • Students must complete their course/s with one of the following letter grades to retain a waiver: A, B, C, D, F, W, incl. +/- grades; 
  • Any student that earns a WU, WN, or WD grade will have their Tuition Waiver rescinded and will then be responsible for any and all tuition and fees for their course/s.

Courses Defined as STEM that may qualify for a STEM Tuition Waiver:

*This list is intended only as a guide. Not all courses listed below may be offered/available in the Winter intersession. Students must meet the eligibility criteria detailed above. 

AST 120 Space Science I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

AST 160 Space Science II(SW)(STEM)

BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

BIO 160 Human Anatomy and Physiology II(SW)(STEM)

BIO 170 General Biology I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

BIO 171 General Biology I Laboratory(CO)

BIO 180 General Biology II(SW)(STEM)

BIO 181 General Biology II Laboratory(RLA)

CHM 110 Principles of Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory(RLA)(STEM)

CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II(SW)(STEM)

CHM 117 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory(RLA)

CHM 141 General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

CHM 121 General Chemistry I Laboratory(CO)

CHM 142 General Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

CHM 127 General Chemistry II Laboratory(CO)

CHM 240 Analytical Chemistry(LP)(SW)(STEM)

CHM 250 Organic Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

CHM 256 Organic Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

CSC 126 Introduction to Computer Science(SW)(STEM)

CSC 270 Introduction to Scientific Computing(SW)(STEM)

ESC 110 Meteorology and Climatology(LP)(SW)(STEM)

ESC 111 Meteorology and Climatology Laboratory(CO)

GEO 102 Earth Systems History(LP)(SW)(STEM)

GEO 103 Earth Systems History Lab(CO)

GEO 115 Fundamentals of Physical Geology(LP)(SW)(STEM)

GEO 116 Fundamentals of Physical Geology Laboratory(CO)(STEM)

PHY 114 Introduction to Physics(LP)(SW)(STEM)

GEO 210 Earth Materials(LP)(SW)(STEM)

MTH 229 Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

PHY 116 Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

PHY 120 General Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

PHY 121 General Physics I Laboratory(CO)

PHY 160 General Physics II(SW)(STEM)

PHY 161 General Physics II Laboratory(CO)

PHY 240 Waves and Modern Physics(SW)(STEM)

PHY 156 Physics II(SW)(STEM)

***BIO 314 General Microbiology

***BIO 325 Diagnostic Molecular Biology

***BIO 350 Microbiology & Cellular Pathology 

***BIO 351 Microbiology & Cellular Pathology Lab

***MTH 311 Probability Theory & Introduction to Math. Statistics

***MTH 338 Linear Algebra


***These courses may be used be used to satisfy advanced electives for the AS in Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Students enrolled in one of these courses that are matriculated in this degree MAY be eligible to receive a tuition waiver.