Is College Discovery Right for You?

The College Discovery (CD) Program provides services to select students who show potential for success, but would benefit from additional academic and financial assistance. College Discovery stimulates and supports the intellectual, personal and professional growth of these students through college orientations, tutoring, one-on-one counseling, supplemental instruction and financial support.

Program Benefits

Students meet with a CD counselor to discuss issues that are educational, personal, career and/or financial. They are also available to help with the following:

  • Selecting and registering for classes
  • Workshops to provide tips for a successful semester
  • Seminars, leadership training and internships
  • Transferring to CUNY SEEK, HEOP and EOP for a bachelor’s degree upon receipt of an associate degree

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  • In addition to the grants received through Pell and TAP, CD students are eligible for the following:
  • Lending Library where students may borrow textbooks and scientific graphing calculators
  • Stipend to help pay for books
  • Up to seven semesters of TAP to earn an associate degree

An Academic Support Coordinator provides students with the assistance needed to succeed in their classes. This includes:

  • Free tutoring and supplemental instruction in the following:
    • English, reading and math (all levels)
    • Sciences (biology, chemistry, health, pharmacology)
    • Social Sciences (psychology, history, geography, sociology, economics, political science)
    • Humanities (art, communication, music) accounting and business
  • Individual and group sessions to help improve study skills and habits
  • The opportunity to participate in the free pre-freshmen Summer Success Program.
  • One on one Academic Coaching – help with study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress and much more!

How to Apply

  • Apply to BCC on the CUNY website.
  • Select “YES” for SEEK/CD Program Interest on the Support Programs section.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of New York City for at least one year prior to applying for admission
  • First-time applicant for admission to a CUNY community college
  • Applying as full-time matriculated student
  • High school diploma or Testing Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
  • High school academic average that does not exceed 80
  • Meet NYS income requirements:
    • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Submit proof of family income

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • Copy of tax forms
  • Verification of unemployment, if applicable
  • Proof of public assistance, if applicable
  • SS/SSI budget letter
  • Court papers for child support and/or alimony that meet the economic criteria described in the CUNY Admissions application

CD students in order to receive your financial aid funds directly to your bank account, you must fill out a direct deposit form.  Click the link below to find instructions and the direct deposit form:

Direct Deposit Link

Contact Us

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

We are available on campus and virtually.

CD Virtual Counter Hours:
Mondays – Thursdays
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Link: CD Virtual Counter

Phone: 718-289-5882

Office of Academic Support
Phone: 718-289-5914

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                       MEET OUR CD STAFF:

Nathan Aiken, Academic Support Manager:
Loew Hall, Room 408

Virtual Zoom Link:


VACANT – Counseling Coordinator/Counselor
718-289-5100 Ext. 3292
Loew Hall, Room 404

Virtual ZOOM Link: CD Virtual Counter


Irma Cruz-Encarnacion, Counselor:
Loew Hall, Room 405

CD Virtual Counter Link: CD Virtual Counter


Shessid De La Cruz Coronado, CD Social Work Intern
718-289-5100 x3189
Loew Hall, Room 402

CD Virtual Counter Link: CD Virtual Counter

Cynthia Suarez-Espinal
Cynthia Suarez-Espinal, Director:
Loew Hall, Room 401

CD Virtual Counter Link: CD Virtual Counter

Jeannette Davila, Secretary:
Loew Hall, Room 400

CD Virtual Counter Link: CD Virtual Counter

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