The Alamo Colleges’ Fresh Start Program Offers Eligible Students a Second Chance to Complete College
Beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, the Alamo Colleges District is launching a Fresh Start program to offer eligible students who previously attended one of the district’s colleges the opportunity to re-enroll and complete their degree or certificate.
The program is targeted to students who did not complete their degree or certificate and have been unable to re-enroll because they owe a balance of $500 or less which they incurred before Fall 2017.
A scholarship to pay the outstanding balance would be given once the student meets certain requirements.
Fresh Start Requirements
Attend a financial literacy workshop
Connect with Student Advocacy Services at the college they plan to attend
Develop an academic plan with an advisor
Register and complete six semester credit hours with a grade of “C” or better
Students who re-enroll under Fresh Start would be able to use any financial aid for which they are eligible.
The Fresh Start program will help address the fact that life circumstances, including financial constraints, transportation, and child care needs, may contribute to students leaving college before completing their degree or certificate.
The program will also benefit taxpayers and the community by helping more students to complete college and qualify for the high-demand, high-wage jobs that local employers need to fill.
Want to Opt-In?
Contact us at dst-VBO2@alamo.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the purpose of the Fresh Start program is to allow students who owe ACD less than $500 related to classes taken prior to 9/1/2017 to be able to re-enroll at Alamo College District and complete a degree certificate.
No, while ultimately a ‘scholarship’ will be applied to the student’s account once all criteria are met, the ‘scholarship’ is not being provided as a foundational, merit or need-based scholarship.
Fresh Start is available for eligible students registering for Fall 2021 & Spring 2022.
- Student must not have already graduated with a degree or been awarded a certificate.
- Student must have a balance owed of less than $500 as of 9/1/2017.
- Student must be included in initial eligible population as of 3/21/2019.
- Student must opt-in to participate in the program.
- Student must register for 6 hours and pay in full (either through Student Financial Aid, payment plan or other means) at current tuition rate.
- Student must participate in a financial literacy course.
- Student must connect with one of the five ACD Student Advocacy Recourse Centers.
- Prior to completion of 6 hours, student must work with assigned advisor to develop an Academic Plan.
Students may call their preferred college to confirm eligibility.
CE courses are not included.
Students will be limited to enrolling for a max of 6 hours until the criteria of this program are met.
Students will need to complete a new Apply Texas application and a new FAFSA.
If the student paid the debt prior to 9/1/2017 they would not have an eligible balance and would not be part of the initial eligible population.
Yes, students can sign up for the payment plan to pay for current term tuition charges and will need to make payments on time.
Students must complete an opt-in form and acknowledge their understanding of the program criteria.
Please contact your institution and a form will be sent to you or you may pick one up at any of the ACD college Welcome Centers or Admissions Offices.
An electronic form will be available in the near future.