Earn your degree in less time, save money

June 13, 2022

Dr. Robert Garza

For decades, Palo Alto College has made efforts to ensure all students can continue their education by eliminating different obstacles that might prevent students from earning their degrees. Financial obligations often force students to choose between paying tuition and paying for life’s necessities. Funding resources can fill the gap and keep students enrolled and on the path toward their educational goals.

One such resource is the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan (ESMP), which allows eligible students who earned hours in Spring 2022 to receive three to nine credit hours at no cost during the Summer 2022 semester. The ESMP enables more students to achieve the lifelong benefits of college with less financial stress.

Additionally, in collaboration with Barnes & Noble College, Palo Alto College offers free textbook rentals for all eligible students during the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 semesters. This program ensures students have all required textbooks and instructional materials across all courses by the first day of class.

On campus, we offer the S.H.A.R.E. (Student Health, Advocacy, Resource, and Engagement) Center. This resource hub provides food, emergency aid, housing assistance, mental health counseling, medical care referrals, and more for students throughout the year.

Palo Alto College and the Alamo Colleges District continue to host Pop-Up Markets in collaboration with the San Antonio Food Bank to provide healthy food to students, employees, and the surrounding community through no-contact, drive-through events. The next Pop-Up Market at Palo Alto College will be on Thursday, July 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. To pre-register, call the San Antonio Food Bank at 210-431-8326.

Palo Alto College remains committed to ensuring that each student who comes through our academic programs is provided the tools and opportunities needed to succeed. We know that the pursuit of education does not come without obstacles, but we also know that the skills and resilience learned in the process of obtaining a degree or certificate has a lasting impact.

This column by Dr. Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College, was originally published in the San Antonio Express-News’ Southside Reporter and mysanantonio.com.