American Dream Scholarship Gives Thousands Full Ride at MDC In an uncertain economy, the financial hurdles to a college education loom larger at exactly the time when a higher education degree is more vital than ever for success. MDC’s American Dream Scholarship (ADS) provides a guarantee to students who meet the financial need requirement to provide financial aid that will pay in-state tuition and class fees not covered by other aid, grants and awards. That means that eligible students have the opportunity to complete their degree without going into debt to cover tuition. Students who enroll at MDC are automatically evaluated for eligibility for the ADS; no separate application is needed. To date, almost 15,000 MDC students have received the College’s American Dream Scholar designation. The overall ratio of ADS scholars who complete a credential or degree program at Miami Dade College within a two-year time frame is a lot higher than their peers at the College. Students at Miami Dade College who have received ADS awards have gone on to earn their bachelor’s degrees from some of the nation’s top colleges and universities. By finishing their degrees at prestigious schools, these scholars have been able to take advantage of unique opportunities and given themselves a competitive advantage in the job market. They also have saved lots of money along the way by completing their first two years of college free of tuition at MDC. Many pursue advanced academic degrees as well, which have led to rewarding professional or academic careers. The ADS and MDC’s culture of student support are a powerful combination, making a college education a reality for many students by removing the obstacles to success. MDC provides a vast array of academic and professional offerings, as well as resources to help keep students on track to graduation. As an added bonus, MDC has eight campuses and several outreach centers in the Miami area where students can take courses – all of which ensure a smoother path for students to take advantage of the wide array of academic offerings, no matter where they live. And MDC also offers entire degree programs online. For a few of the many shining examples of success, read the stories here on Pages 14-15. To learn more about MDC’s American Dream Scholarship, see tinyurl.com/ADSatMDC.
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