In just its second fall semester since inception, Angelina College’s “First Year Free” initiative is already seeing Angelina County students reaping big rewards.
During the past fall semester, nearly 300 Angelina County high school graduates enrolled at AC, and all were able to attend tuition-free. Through the utilization of various “layering” methods involving scholarships, other forms of financial aid and the AC Challenge Scholarship Fund, the initiative successfully upheld its goal of “making college education more accessible to the talented individuals in our community.”
Krista Brown, Associate Vice President of Student Services, said that because “First Year Free” is still relatively new, the college wants to ensure word gets out early enough for students and parents to begin planning for their next step after high school graduation.
“Many individuals remain unfamiliar with the financial aid process due to all of the changes made by the federal government this year,” Brown emphasized. “We want to reassure students that regardless of their situation, they can attend the first year free upon graduating from an Angelina County high school and meeting our requirements” (listed at https://www.angelina.edu/firs-year-free/ ).
Eligibility requirements including graduating from an Angelina County high school, applying to Angelina College, applying for federal aid (FAFSA), applying for possible AC scholarships and enrolling at AC as a full-time student (a minimum of 12 semester hours). While federal financial aid uses “cutoffs” regarding income brackets, the First Year Free initiative ensures all Angelina County students can start college without financial burden.
“Angelina College proudly stands behind the ongoing initiative of First Year Free, ensuring that all students in our community have the opportunity to pursue higher education,” Brown said.
“We’re already seeing and hearing so many positive results, and we can’t wait to see others enjoying the same benefits.”
Interested students can apply for this initiative starting with our general online application HERE.