I am a sophomore studying criminal justice that wants to go to John Jay. I receive the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)award and the Pell Grant and I am part of the ASAP program. Since ASAP covers textbooks and metrocard, I can use Pell for food and other bills. I also have a paid internship with a cadet which helps me pay for some of the textbooks that don’t get covered through ASAP. I am the first person in my family to go to college, my family is from Ecuador. If I didn’t get financial aid I would have gone to the army because they pay for college. I was part of CUNY Start originally and it helped me get through remedial classes by offering textbooks and advisers for much cheaper. I would have liked to be in the ACE program at John Jay but it doesn’t cover transfer students. I will probably rent textbooks when I transfer. I’ve been looking for internships for credit so that I graduate on time at John Jay and don’t run out of my financial aid.