Harlandale and McCollum seniors eligible for AlamoPromise

AlamoPromise, a new program recently launched by Alamo Colleges District (ACD), is offering free tuition to graduating seniors from 25 local high schools including Harlandale High School and McCollum High School.

The 25 initial high schools were selected to as part of Phase 1 of the program because of their high concentration of economically disadvantaged students and low rates of college attendance.

ACD and its partners are committed to ending poverty, enhancing economic and social mobility and meeting workforce demands in our City by joining forces to help more students complete college and obtain the necessary skills to hold high-wage, high-demand jobs.

The new initiative will make college more accessible to seniors planning to earn a certification or an associate’s degree at one of the ACD’s five colleges. As a last-dollar funding, AlamoPromise will cover the gap between financial aid and the cost of tuition for up to three years.

“We are excited about the AlamoPromise program because college readiness has always been a goal of Harlandale ISD,” Harlandale ISD Director of Secondary Curriculum Melissa Casey said. “For the district, finances is the biggest hurdle to pursuing college, and this new program will help remove that barrier for our students as they seek post-secondary education.”               

According to AlamoPromise, the average associate degree graduate from Alamo Colleges will gain a $9,400 earnings increase each year compared to a high school gradate working in Texas. The new initiative is an investment in the prosperity and vitality of our community.

Both campuses recently held informative assemblies to encourage seniors to take the first step and fill out an online “Save Your Seat Form” to confirm their interest by the preferred deadline, Dec. 1, 2019. The final deadline is Feb. 14, 2020. Students must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) and apply to an ACD institution using ApplyTexas.

As part of the admissions process, seniors will also need to submit their high school transcript, complete the AlamoEnroll modules, take the TSI Assessment, attend a Summer Bridge Program (if GPA is below a 2.5), take part in a Career Exploration Camp and participate in New Student Orientation. In order to qualify, students must also maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete at least 18 hours per academic year.

There are approximately 700 seniors at McCollum High School and Harlandale High School, who can take advantage of this new opportunity.

“All students are encouraged to keep as many options open as possible. Once students receive letters of admission and financial award packages, they and their families can make the best decision for their family and financial situation,” Casey added. “AlamoPromise is a great opportunity for our students because it will enable them to complete their core college requirements with little to no school loan debt.”

By the fall of 2021, the AlamoPromise program will be available to all students graduating with a diploma from an additional 20 participating high schools.

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