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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.

Additionally, CUNY EDGE manages the HRA Fellowship Program (FP), which offers on-campus paid work opportunities that provide students with possessing qualities for  professional experiences. HRA determines HRA Fellowship Program eligibility and CUNY EDGE ensures the appropriate assignments that align with students’ majors, interest, and level of experience.

CUNY EDGE Eligibility: Matriculated CUNY undergraduate students receiving HRA cash assistance.

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 being E.D.G.E.:


E ducate:  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.

D evelop: Every student is an individual. Whether your strengths are academic, career-oriented or self-driven; we help cultivate your strengths from a holistic perspective. 

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

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