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 The College Discovery Program FAQ


  1. What is the College Discovery Program at Kingsborough?

As a higher education opportunity program, College Discovery provides academic, financial and counseling assistance to students entering college for the first time who might otherwise be excluded due to academic or economic circumstances.

  1. What are the benefits of this program?

The program works with you from the beginning of the admissions process and provides the following support services throughout your enrollment at Kingsborough:

  • Enhanced and comprehensive individual counseling services that include academic, personal and career counseling.  Our counselors will work with you to develop an academic plan and help you with problems that may be interfering with your progress.
  • Individual Supplemental Instruction/enhanced tutoring in English, Math skills and other subject areas.Our facilitators are multilingual and proficient in Spanish, French-Creole, Russian and Chinese. 
  • Program provides workshops that help students with their personal growth, college skills and academic goals.
  • Stipend provides money to help with expenses for books and student fees to full-time students in the program.  Students may also receive additional semesters of financial aid for degree completion.
  • Upon graduation from Kingsborough Community College, if student transfers to a CUNY four-year college (SEEK), State College (EOP) or private College (HEOP) they may continue to receive similar services.
  1. Do I need to be proficient in a language other than English to be a part of the Program?

No.  There is no language requirement for the program.  The program has a multilingual staff that provides support services in the students’ native language.  These services are offered in Spanish, French-Creole, Russian and Chinese. 

  1. How do I know if I qualify?

In order to be eligible for the program, you must be an entering freshman and meet the following criteria:

    • Legal New York City Residency for a minimum of a year
    • Economically disadvantaged background
    • Meet financial aid requirements set by New York State guidelines
    • Be a high school graduate or recipient of a state-approved equivalency diploma (GED)
    • Must not have previously attended college or any other post-secondary institution except in the case of veterans (18 credits allowed)
    • Be considered academically under prepared, but exhibit academic potential
    • If needed, you must attend an approved Summer Immersion Program required by the CUNY College Discovery Program.
    • Transfer students must have previously been enrolled in SEEK, EOP or HEOP and must submit a Transfer Request Form to our College Discovery office in room L516.
  1. How do I apply for the Program?

   In order to determine if you qualify for the program, you must submit proof of legal residency and income.   Here are some ways for you to apply for the program:

    • At the time that you are completing your CUNY Admissions application, make sure you complete the SEEK/CD portion of the form.
    • You should file for Financial Aid (FAFSA). (, , )
    • You should complete a program application form which is available in our offices in Room D213 or L516, or call for an intake appointment at (718) 368-5576.
  • What documents will I need to bring? 

In order to assist you complete your Financial Aid application which determines your eligibility for Federal (PELL), and State (TAP) Financial Aid, as well as a Book Stipend, you need to bring the following documentation:

  • Student and/or Parent Income Documentation
  • Proof of residency and/or citizenship
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Social Security Information

A list of required documents is available in our office (D213, D210).

  1. If I have questions or need information, who do I call?

College Discovery Program
Offices:  D213 or L516
Phone:   (718) 368-5576 or (718) 368-5520

Admissions Information Center
718 C-O-L-L-E-G-E  OR (718) 368-4600

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