ACD Announces Keep Learning Plan To Help Students Stay In College

April 24, 2020

Kay Hendricks


As the summer and fall semesters approach, the Alamo Colleges District is implementing a plan to keep students in college and on track in the face of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the summer and fall semesters, the Alamo Colleges District is continuing its Keep Learning plan to keep students in college and on track in the face of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The multi-tiered strategy relieves the financial burden of tuition and fees through scholarships and allows most financial aid to be used for living expenses. It follows closely the Keep Learning plan the district initiated last year, a multi-million dollar investment in the district’s more than 65,000 students.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many Alamo Colleges’ students to make tough decisions that have disrupted their academic progress. Some are choosing between continuing on their educational paths and meeting basic needs. For summer and fall 2021, the Alamo Colleges are planning a carefully thought-out scaling up of students on campus which this plan will support.

The Keep Learning plan includes four major initiatives beginning in Summer 2021:

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Clean Slate – This program eliminates a student’s outstanding balance up to $500 from the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. The amount of the scholarship will not be greater than the account balance as of May 1, 2021. The $500 scholarship also will be applied to the accounts of students who owe more than $500.

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Expanded Summer Momentum –This expanded version offers students with a GPA of 2.0 as of May 21, 2021 who were enrolled in the Spring 2021 term 3-9 FREE academic credit hours for Summer 2021. Part-time students can get up to 6 hours of classes in summer free; full-time students can get up to 9 hours free; and students who attended Alamo Colleges for the first time in Spring 2021 can take three hours free. Student do not need to have earned a specific number of credit hours in Spring 2021 to qualify.

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Reduced Payment Plans – This initiative reduces the fee to set up a tuition payment plan from $25 to just $1. The initiative will be in place for the Fall 2021 semester.

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No Cost Testing –The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test, which usually costs $32, is being offered at no cost now through June 2021. The TSI is a state-required assessment test to determine college-readiness in reading, writing, and math. All first-time college students must take the TSI before enrolling in classes unless they are exempt.

In addition to this investment in its students, the college advocacy centers are working with students to meet their needs outside the classroom and distribute federal grant funds to those who qualify.

For more details on the Keep Learning Plan, go to www.alamo.edu/keeplearning