Expanded Summer Momentum Plan

Save Time and Money with the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan 

Expanded Summer Momentum Plan


The Alamo Colleges District is now offering an Expanded Summer Momentum Plan (ESMP) for Summer 2021 that saves eligible students time and money.

This plan allows eligible students who earned hours in Spring 2021 at any of the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District, to get three to nine hours FREE credit hours in the Summer 2021 semester.

These unprecedented times are placing a financial burden on students to meet basic needs. The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan enables more students to achieve the lifelong benefits of college with less financial stress. Students can earn their degree in less time, save money and use their financial aid more effectively.

The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition after all other financial aid resources have been awarded in most cases. 

9 FREE Credit Hours

for Alamo Colleges students* enrolled full-time in Spring 2021 who also took classes at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2020.

6 FREE Credit Hours

for Alamo Colleges students* enrolled part-time in Spring 2021 who also took classes at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2020.

3 FREE Credit Hours

for Alamo Colleges students* who attended college for the first time in Spring 2021.

*GPA of 2.0 or better by May 21, 2021 required. 

Student Classification for Spring 2021 Term Required Enrollment & GPA? ESMP Eligible?

Continuing

A continuing student completed courses and received credit hours in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 at one of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District.

Enrolled in Spring 2021

2.0 GPA as of May 21, 2021

Yes

First-Time in College

A first-time college student began classes for the first time in Spring 2021 at one of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District and does not have previously earned credit (credit earned prior to high school graduation does not count as previously earned credit).

Enrolled in Spring 2021

2.0 GPA as of May 21, 2021

Yes

Transfer

A transfer student began their college academic career at an institution other than one of the Alamo Colleges and began classes at ACD in Spring 2021.

N/A No

Transient

A transient student who is currently pursuing a degree at another institution and enrolled at one of the Alamo Colleges in Spring 2021 to take classes toward their degree.

N/A No

Returning/Former

A returning/former student is defined as a person who has been admitted to and attended one of the Alamo Colleges in the past, but does not have course grades from the past two consecutive semesters (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021).

N/A No



Eligibility FAQs

What is the Expanded Summer Momentum Program and who is eligible?

The Expanded Summer Momentum Program offers eligible students with a GPA of 2.0 as of May 21 enrolled in the Spring 2021 term FREE academic credit hours.

Any student who is currently enrolled in the Spring 2021 term is eligible as long as he or she has a GPA of 2.0 or better as of May 21, 2021. 

  • Spring first-time in college students are eligible for 3 FREE academic credit hours this summer.

 

  • Part-time students currently enrolled in the Spring 2021 term with a GPA of 2.0 or better as of May 21, 2021 can earn up to 6 FREE academic credit hours this summer.

 

  • Full-time students currently enrolled in the Spring 2021 term with a GPA of 2.0 or better as of May 21, 2021 can earn up to 9 FREE academic credit hours this summer.

Part-time students are those who attempted up to 11 credit hours in Spring 2021.  Full-time students attempted 12 or more credit hours in Spring 2021.  

Eligible students may attend any of the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District, which offer fields of study in a wide range of areas, including accounting, biotechnology, business, computer science, criminal justice, early childhood education, nursing, and paralegal. Students are encouraged to take hours within their program plans. 

The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan is a last-dollar scholarship in most cases that will cover tuition after all other financial aid resources have been awarded. Financial aid resources include grants, scholarships and aid for military families.

Are there any rules associated with the student being eligible?

The student must have been a first-time in college or continuing student in Spring 2021, have a current GPA as of May 21 of 2.0 or higher and have taken credit hours as of census date.

‘Transfer’, ‘Transient’, and ‘Former/Returning’ students are not eligible to participate. Check with your advisor for questions on your eligibility.

Can out-of-district and non-resident students participate in the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan?

Yes. In District, Out-of-District, Non-Resident/International students are eligible to participate.

I am a High School Dual Credit Student; do I qualify?

Students participating in high school programs (traditional dual credit, academies, Early College High School) with 10 or more remaining hours to earn an associate degree, early admit and transient students are not eligible for the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan.

Early College High School students with 9 hours or below remaining to graduate with an associate degree are eligible to participate in Expanded SMP.

How do students know if they are approved for the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan?

Students do not need to be approved for the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan. They will just need to meet the Alamo Colleges District Earned Credit Hours Qualifications and Hours Requirement outlined above.

If you are getting credit from a study abroad institution and only transferring the hours in, does that count?

No, transfer hours are not counted as earned credit hours; these include the study abroad courses paid through the Alamo Marketplace.

Is there a waiver/paperwork that needs to be completed with the Financial Aid/Bursars Office?

No paperwork will need to be completed. Eligibility is automatically determined as of May 21st with the current GPA, even if all Spring 2021 grades have not posted. 

Who can answer additional questions about qualifying for the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan, , “continuing” status, GPA., etc.?

Please contact your Campus Admissions and Registrars’ Office.

How many credit hours need to be taken to earn free Summer semester tuition?

For Spring 2021 students with a GPA of 2.0 or better as of May 21:

  • Full-time continuing student, defined as one who enrolled at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2020 and attempted 12 or more credit hours as of the census date in Spring 2021, can earn up to 9 free academic credit hours in Summer 2021.
  • Part-time continuing student, defined as one who enrolled at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2020 and attempted up to 11 credit hours as of the census date in Spring 2021, can earn up to 6 free academic credit hours in Summer 2021.
  • First time in college student who began classes for the first time in Spring 2021 at one of the Alamo Colleges (and does not have previously earned college credits) can earn up to 3 free academic credit hours in Summer 2021. 

Note that each college has the discretion to allow more courses under Expanded SMP; for eligibility, a student should check with his/her Academic Advisor.

What courses will be counted as earned credits?

Only credits earned at any of the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District will be counted toward meeting eligibility.

Alamo Colleges District credit courses attempted by the student will count toward eligibility.  Transfer hours are not counted as earned credit hours.

Can the free hours be carried over to future Summer semesters?

No. The free hours must be taken in the Summer 2021 semester. 

Are students allowed to split the terms? An example is 3 credit hours in Summer I and 3 credit hours in Summer II.

Yes, students can split the credit hours, as long as the student is enrolled in 6 hours total for the summer semester.

Can the "free" hours be taken in the Maymester term?

No. Classes taken during Maymester are not eligible under Expanded SMP.

Which classes are eligible for the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan free hours?

The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan free hours are intended to cover  classes within a student's program plan. The free earned summer semester 3/6/9 hours will be applied to academic courses only.

Do I have to complete the FAFSA/TASFA in order to be eligible for the Expanded Summer Momentum program?

No. Students do not need to apply for financial aid to be eligible for ESMP.

What does “last dollar scholarship” mean?

The 2021 Expanded Summer Momentum program is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition after all other financial aid resources have been awarded. Financial aid resources include grants (Pell and TPEG), scholarships and some aid for military families. 

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My summer class is starting, but my Expanded Summer Momentum credit has not applied. Can I start attending class?

Yes. ESMP eligibility is verified manually, and due to high interest in the program, there may be delays in eligibility verification. To check eligibility, contact your college’s Enrollment Services team.

There is a payment deadline approaching, but my Expanded Summer Momentum credit has not applied. Will I be dropped for non-payment?

No. Students who may be ESMP-eligible will be not be dropped for non-payment until their eligibility is confirmed or denied. To check eligibility, contact your college’s Enrollment Services team.

When will my tuition be credited if I am eligible for the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan?

Tuition will be credited in May 2021.

Are there any fees that will not be covered?

The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan will cover regular tuition, student activity fees, campus access fee and the international education fee.

It will not cover Special Program Tuition, Instructional Materials Charges, 3 Peat, 27 HR Rule, etc.

Who can answer billing questions related to the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan?

Please contact your Campus Business Office or send an email to dst-vbo2@alamo.edu.

If a student is registered for more than the free 6/9hours, will they be able to use the payment plan option for the balance they are paying out of pocket? Will the student need to wait to set up the payment plan until after the tuition charges are waived to avoid paying for the free hours?

Students with a minimum balance of $100 in eligible tuition and fee charges may sign up for a Payment Plan.

Students are encouraged to visit the Summer 2021 Registration/ Payment Calendar for Payment Deadlines and Payment Plan availability, etc.

A payment plan initiated May 1st  – May 21st, prior to the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan payment, will be inclusive of all tuition and fee charges owed, for the term, at the time the payment plan is executed.

Once the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan is applied to the student’s account, the Payment Plan will adjust accordingly, followed by an automated email sent to the student.

Will students be reimbursed or not charged up front?

A student’s account will be charged as usual, and payment will be automatically applied.

There will be no need to pay up front, unless it is for additional hours registered above your eligible, free Expanded Summer Momentum Plan, 3/6/9 hours earned.

Students will also need to pay up front for any Maymester or Summer 1 8 week courses for which they are registered.

What if I still owe money, after the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan is applied?

The student is responsible to make payments on any remaining balance, according to the Summer 2021 Registration/ Payment Calendar.

Any unpaid tuition and fee balance may result in a student being dropped from all courses.

If I qualify for an exemption/ waiver to reduce my tuition, will I be able to use the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan?

Yes, the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan can be used.

The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition after all other financial aid resources have been awarded. Exemptions/Waivers are applied on the student account first and any “remaining eligible tuition and fee charges” will be reduced by ESMP accordingly.

Will I be able to use my sponsored (3rd Party Billing) tuition assistance?

Sponsored (3rd Party Billing) tuition assistance will be used first towards the 3/6/9 FREE credit hours with a few exceptions including VA education benefits.

If a class is not successfully completed, will students have to pay tuition back?

The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan is a non-refundable program, and a student may owe money back for a course dropped prior to the census date or for any Part of Term. All Adds/ Drops should be completed prior to the start of the related term. Refer to Summer 2021 Registration/ Payment Calendar.

Drops after the start of class will have Expanded SMP Scholarship adjustments resulting in a balance on the student account. The award can be reinstated if the student registers for a class in the latter part of the term.

Lack of academic success in the summer class (or classes) may not drive repayment. Students should be aware that not successfully completing courses might impact their Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid or Academic Standing.

Will the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan have an impact on other Financial Assistance?
  • A student’s Pell Grant award is not impacted
  • In some cases, other federal aid such as loans or work-study may be adjusted when necessary if the student does not have sufficient “unmet need” to be compliant with federal regulations.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact your campus Student Financial Aid Office or visit the Financial Aid website.