Miami School Offers Free Education
Miami, Fla. (CollegetoCareers.com) – The nation’s largest higher education institution, Miami Dade College, recently announced its American Dream Scholarship, which would offer high school graduates with a free education.
With news of tuition hikes and budget cuts spreading across the country, the Miami school’s news comes as a bit of encouragement for high school seniors and recent high school graduates who are trying to figure out how to pay for higher education in today’s struggling economy.
The American Dream Scholarship would completely pay for 60 credits, a value of $6,500. This new scholarship would either completely pay for a student’s two-year program at the community college or help them with half of their four-year program and provide them with a start they might not otherwise be able to achieve.
The scholarship will be offered this spring to current high school seniors who are planning to apply and enroll in Miami Dade College in the fall. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average to qualify for the scholarship, and they must also test out of remedial math and reading courses.
The Christian Science Monitor said that Miami Dade College’s new college scholarship is one of many efforts across the country to encourage students to pursue a post-secondary education. One of the most famous initiatives was made by President Obama, who said that he wants the U.S. to be number one in the proportion of young adults who have college degrees by 2020.
The Christian Science Monitor said that this feat can only be achieved in the U.S. graduated 8 million more students. Florida would specifically have to produce more than half a million additional college graduates in order to fulfill its share and help achieve this goal.
The American Dream Scholarship would not cover additional costs such as food and board and college textbooks and would only cover the cost of tuition. School administrators are hoping that this scholarship will still provide help to some students who would otherwise not be able to attend their college. They are also hoping it will serve as an incentive for students who might have feared that they wouldn’t be able to afford higher education.
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