About CUNY EDGE
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). This partnership provides matriculated CUNY students with the support they need to succeed in college, secure sustainable employment, and become civically engaged members of society.
The crux of the CUNY EDGE program comprises academic, personal, and career advisement services. The goal is to promote a culture of academic excellence to support students receiving public assistance to graduate. The program provides ongoing individualized planning and advising to help students achieve timely graduation and secure meaningful and sustainable employment.
Additionally, CUNY EDGE manages the HRA Fellowship Program (FP), which offers on-campus paid work opportunities that provide students with invaluable professional experience. HRA determines HRA Fellowship Program eligibility, and CUNY EDGE ensures the appropriate assignments align with students’ majors, interests, and experience levels.
Vision: CUNY EDGE envisions a world where everyone can access educational opportunities and support to realize academic success, sustainable careers, and a brighter future.
Mission: CUNY EDGE’s mission is to help CUNY students receiving public assistance achieve academic excellence, graduate on time, and find employment.