CUNY EDGE (EDUCATE, DEVELOP, GRADUATE and EMPOWER) Program formerly known as COPE, is an initiative implemented by CUNY and the Human Resources Administration (HRA). Our goal is to support the specific needs of students who are receiving government assistance and are pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Our support programs include:

  • Ongoing academic, personal and career planning advisement
  • Comprehensive personal and professional development seminar series
  • Career readiness preparation by connecting students with internships or HRA Fellowship opportunities
  • Tutoring services and limited tuition support for intersession and summer classes
  • Collaboration with campus offices and programs
  • Helping students comply with all HRA rules and regulations
  • The cultivation of study, problem solving and self-advocacy skills

Contact Us

Main Office

Loew Hall, Room 106A
Phone: 718-289-5849


Mon – Thurs: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Success did not come easily for Terrence Coffie. He graduated from BCC in 2014 as a Phi Theta Kappa Human Services major, and went on to earn his B.S.W and M.S.W in Social Work from New York University. Success did not come easily for Terrence Coffie. Still, Coffie’s greatest gift and accomplishment was his will and determination to beat the odds and not end up as another statistic.

VISION: CUNY EDGE envisions a world in which all people have access to the educational opportunities and support they need to realize academic success, a sustainable career and a brighter future. We commit to contributing to this vision.

MISSION: Our mission is to help CUNY students who are receiving public assistance achieve academic excellence, graduate on time and find employment.

The vision and mission of the program are demonstrated in our core activities.

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