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“CUNY EDGE has filled in knowledge gaps that would have made my traversal as a first generation college student difficult. I am grateful for the help and know I would not be where I am if not for the program.”

 CUNY Edge Student, Queens College

Welcome to the CUNY EDGE Program!

What is CUNY Edge?

CUNY EDGE is a partnership between the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the City University of New York.

CUNY EDGE provides eligible students in pursuit of an undergraduate degree with a wide range of services, supplemental resources, and support needed to succeed in college and achieve academic success, a sustainable career, and a brighter future.

Why CUNY Edge?

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 making this vision a reality!

The CUNY Edge Mission:

Our mission is to help CUNY students who are receiving public assistance achieve academic excellence, graduate on time, and find employment. We offer enhanced and structured academic support services. Our values encompass all aspects of our work. Our values define us—who we are and who we are not.

Who is CUNY Edge:

  • Dedicated to our work
  • Student-focused
  • Inclusive
  • Accessible
  • Committed to equality
  • Supportive
  • Resourceful


CUNY Edge Office Information:

Office Location & Hours 

Kiely Hall, Room 111
Monday – Friday
9 AM – 5 PM

IMPORTANT – OFFICE HOURS DURING 02/15/2024 – 02/23/2024:

Monday & Tuesday: 1 PM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday & Thursday: 1 PM – 5 PM

Friday: 1 PM – 5 PM (virtual)

Office Staff Contact Information

Meryl Mintzer
Program Director
Kiely Hall 111K​
(718) 570-0602

Maylene Santiago
Program Assistant
Kiely Hall 111
(718) 570-0602

To schedule and appointment please email or
Additionally, you can create an appointment by clicking the appointment button above!

Important Dates

College Closed: February 12 & 19

Monday Schedule: February 22 & 28

Application for Spring 2024 Graduation Deadline: March 1

Spring Break: April 22 – April 30

Last Day to P/NC a Course: May 15

Last day to Drop a Course with a W: May 15

Final Exams: May 16 – May 22

Classes Begin (Summer): May 28

” To me, Cuny Edge is a program that significantly aids students in preparing for their future and guiding them through their college journey. “

 – ALI
 CUNY Edge Student, Queens College

How are Students Enrolled with CUNY Edge?

The Human Resource Administration requires students to complete an HRA-154 form at the start of each semester. This confirms a student’s enrollment with CUNY. Students can report to the CUNY EDGE office to drop off a school letter for completion.

Allow two to three business days for the school letters to be prepared for pickup. HRA requires Classroom Activities, Homework Hours, Internships and Federal Work-Study Hours to be reported for CUNY EDGE students. Students are required to meet with an EDGE staff member once a month to fulfill their engagement requirements.

Students with active cases can use the Access HRA Portal view their case status, case information, appointments, documentation and more!
If you do not have an open case with HRA and are interested, you can also click the button above to apply and for more information!

CUNY Edge Resources

Latest CUNY Information and Updates

CUNY & COVID-19 Updates 

NYC Mental Health Resources: CALL 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or TEXT “WELL” to 65173

NYS Office of Mental Health: 1-844-863-9314 (Help Line)

The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.

” My journey with CUNY Edge at Queens College has been transformative. As a Guyanese student and an economics major, I came to the college as a transfer after a few years of hiatus. The transition could have been overwhelming, but the CUNY Edge program provided the support, resources, and community I didn’t know I needed. It bridged the gap between my past experiences and my academic aspirations, and in doing so, rejuvenated my passion for learning.

Being a part of this program means more than just academic support; it’s about belonging, understanding, and pushing forward, no matter where you come from or the challenges you’ve faced. I am immensely grateful for this program, and I hope that future students find the same solace and motivation in CUNY Edge as I did. ”


CUNY Edge Student, Queens College