Owens offers free education to Whitmer gradsWritten by Aya Khalil | | email@example.com
Owens Community College and Washington Local School District are partnering to give students an opportunity for free college education.
The Success Program is coordinated through Owens Community College Foundation and graduating Whitmer High School students are eligible to apply.
“They graduate from high school and fill out a financial aid form, if they receive a Pell Grant and register at Owens Community College, then the Owens Community College foundation covers the remaining costs of tuition and fees for up to three years. It bridges the gap between the Pell Grant financial aid up to cost,” said Ann Savage, president of Owens Community College Foundation.
This is an expansion of the Success Program, which was launched in 2008 at Woodward and Findlay high schools and then expanded to all high schools in Toledo Public Schools district, Savage said.
Fifteen high schools have partnerships with the program.
“We are doing our program through fundraising through the community,” Savage said. “We have now raised enough to add Washington Local,” Savage said. “The donations we received that allowed us to make this expansion was from the president of our college … Christa Adams.”
To apply, students must complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid and also receive some grant funding. They must be graduated from high school and enroll full time at Owens. Three years will be given to the students to complete the Success Program for an associate degree.
So far, the college received 570 applications from Toledo Public Schools, up from 231 enrollments in 2008.
“So we had a substantial increase from Toledo Public Schools. We certainly think it’s going to be good,” Savage said.
“I think that [students] are going to be very very excited. This helps with costs for education for parents and students,” she said.
Students who enroll in the program will be able to attend The Summer Bridge to Success Program, which will help them adjust to college.
For more information, visit www.owens.edu.