AUSD, College, Offer Free Year of Tuition

AUSD, College, Offer Free Year of Tuition


College of Alameda’s (CoA) President Tim Karas presented the school’s new program for Alameda high school students at the Tuesday, March 14, Alameda Board of Education meeting.

Karas unveiled the “Alameda Promise” initiative at the meeting. Alameda Promise aims to provide Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) high school graduates with one year’s worth of fees, a voucher for textbook purchases during that first year of enrollment and intensive academic and counseling support to assist students with the transition to college. The program was developed by CoA with support from AUSD.

The college hopes the program will increase the percentage of high school graduates in the city who attend college, strengthens students’ access to career pathways and creates a deeper connection between the school and the island community.

“All graduates should have the opportunity to follow their educational dreams,” said Karas in a press release. “Higher education should be a path to shared prosperity, not a path only available to a privileged few.”

All AUSD seniors will receive letters about the offer, as well as instructions on how to participate, in the next few weeks. CoA will also offer registration and financial aid workshops on AUSD campuses. The school will search for students who thought college was out of reach so more students can receive post-secondary education. 

“AUSD is fortunate to have such a great partnership with CoA and the Peralta Community College District (PCCD),” said AUSD Superintendent Sean McPhetridge in a statement. “We are so grateful for the ‘Alameda Promise’ program providing a free year of tuition and books to our graduates who may have otherwise thought college was out of reach. We are very excited at this next development in our longstanding partnership. We thank CoA and PCCD for their efforts to work with AUSD to make college accessible and affordable for all.”

The PCCD is also implementing similar “promise” initiatives in Berkeley and Oakland. Funding for these programs comes in part from the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program established by Assembly Bill 1741.

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