Summer Momentum Plan
The Alamo Colleges District is offering a Summer Momentum Plan (SMP) for Summer 2023 that saves eligible students time and money.
This plan allows eligible students who earned hours in Spring 2023 at any of the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District, to get three to nine hours FREE credit hours in the Summer 2023 semester.
The Summer Momentum Plan is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition and fees after all other financial aid resources have been awarded in most cases.
9 FREE Credit Hours
for Alamo Colleges students* enrolled full-time in Spring 2023 who also took classes at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2022.
6 FREE Credit Hours
for Alamo Colleges students* enrolled part-time in Spring 2023 who also took classes at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2022.
3 FREE Credit Hours
for Alamo Colleges students* who attended college for the first time in Spring 2023.
*Cumulative Alamo Colleges District GPA of 2.0 or better by May 19, 2023 required.
Note: Maymester and Summer I 8-week courses are not eligible for Summer Momentum.
|Student Classification for Spring 2023 Term||Required Enrollment & GPA?||SMP Eligible?|
A continuing student completed courses and received credit hours in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 at one of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District.
Enrolled in Spring 2023
2.0 GPA as of May 19, 2023
First-Time in College
A first-time college student began classes for the first time in Spring 2023 at one of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District and does not have previously earned credit (credit earned prior to high school graduation does not count as previously earned credit).
Enrolled in Spring 2023
2.0 GPA as of May 19, 2023
A transfer student began their college academic career at an institution other than one of the Alamo Colleges and began classes at ACD in Spring 2023.
A transient student who is currently pursuing a degree at another institution and enrolled at one of the Alamo Colleges in Spring 2023 to take classes toward their degree.
A returning/former student is defined as a person who has been admitted to and attended one of the Alamo Colleges in the past, but does not have course grades from the past two consecutive semesters (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023).
Classes that begin in May are not eligible for Summer Momentum, since GPA cannot be verified until after May 19.
|Summer Session||Start Date||End Date||Courses eligible for SMP credit?|
|Maymester||May 15||June 1||No|
|Summer I 8-week (S81)||May 15||July 6||No|
|Summer I 5-week (SU1)||June 5||July 6||Yes|
|Summer II 8-week (SU8/S82)||June 5||July 27||Yes|
|Summer 10-week (SUT)||June 5||Aug. 10||Yes|
|Summer III 8-week (S83)||June 20||Aug. 10||Yes|
|Summer II 5-week (SUII)||July 10||Aug. 10||Yes|
The Summer Momentum Program offers FREE academic credit hours to eligible students.
Any continuing or first-time in college student (defined above) who is enrolled in the Spring 2023 term is eligible as long as they have a GPA of 2.0 or better as of May 19, 2023.
Eligible students may attend any of the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District. Students are encouraged to take hours within their program plans.
The Summer Momentum Plan is a last-dollar scholarship in most cases that will cover tuition and fees after all other financial aid resources have been awarded. Financial aid resources include grants, scholarships and aid for military families.
Yes. In District, Out-of-District, Non-Resident/International students are eligible to participate.
Students participating in high school programs (traditional dual credit, academies, Early College High School) with 10 or more remaining hours to earn an associate degree, early admit and transient students are not eligible for the Summer Momentum Plan.
Early College High School students with 9 hours or below remaining to graduate with an associate degree are eligible to participate in the SMP.
Students do not need to be approved for the Summer Momentum Plan. They just need to meet the earned credit hour and GPA requirements outlined above.
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact your assigned academic advisor.
No, transfer hours are not counted as earned credit hours; these include the study abroad courses paid through the Alamo Marketplace.
No paperwork will need to be completed. Eligibility is automatically determined as of May 19 with the current GPA, even if all Spring 2023 grades have not been posted.
For Spring 2023 students with a GPA of 2.0 or better as of May 19:
- Full-time continuing student, defined as one who enrolled at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2022 and attempted 12 or more credit hours as of the census date in Spring 2023, can earn up to 9 free academic credit hours in Summer 2023.
- Part-time continuing student, defined as one who enrolled at the Alamo Colleges in Fall 2022 and attempted up to 11 credit hours as of the census date in Spring 2023, can earn up to 6 free academic credit hours in Summer 2023.
- First-time in college student who began classes for the first time in Spring 2023 at one of the Alamo Colleges (and does not have previously earned college credits) can earn up to 3 free academic credit hours in Summer 2023.
Note that each college has the discretion to allow more courses under the Summer Momentum; for eligibility, a student should check with their Academic Advisor.
Only credits earned at any of the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District will be counted toward meeting eligibility.
Alamo Colleges District credit courses attempted by the student will count toward eligibility. Transfer hours are not counted as earned credit hours.
No. The free hours must be taken during Summer 2023 during any of the following sessions:
- Summer I 5-week (beginning June 5, 2023)
- Summer II 8-week (beginning June 5, 2023)
- Summer 10-week (beginning June 5, 2023)
- Summer III 8-week (beginning June 20, 2023)
- Summer II 5-week (beginning July 10, 2023)
Yes, students can split their free credit hours between the different parts of term (excluding Maymester and Summer I 8-week).
No. Summer Momentum credits cannot be applied to Maymester and/or Summer I 8-week classes.
The Summer Momentum Plan free hours cover classes within a student's degree plan. Courses that do not count toward your degree will not be covered. The free earned summer semester 3/6/9 hours will be applied to academic courses only.
Please contact your assigned academic advisor for specific questions related to your degree plan and summer enrollment.
No. Students do not need to apply for financial aid to be eligible for SMP.
The Summer Momentum program is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition and fees after all other financial aid resources have been awarded. Financial aid resources include grants (Pell and TPEG), scholarships and some aid for military families.
Yes. SMP eligibility is verified manually, and due to high interest in the program, there may be delays in eligibility verification.
To check eligibility, contact your college’s financial aid or business office.
No. Students who may be SMP-eligible will not be dropped for non-payment until their eligibility is confirmed or denied. To check awarding status, contact your college’s financial aid office.
Eligible students will receive an email confirming their eligibility for SMP once the credits have been applied. The student is responsible to make payments on any remaining balance at that point. Any unpaid tuition and fee balance may result in a student being dropped from all courses.
Tuition credits will be applied after the spring semester ends, once the following information is verified:
- Cumulative Alamo College District GPA of 2.0 or higher (as of May 19, 2023)
- Total number of credit hours completed in Spring 2023
- Summer courses are part of the student's degree plan
Each student's eligibility is verified manually, so the exact date that tuition will be credited will vary.
The Summer Momentum Plan will cover regular tuition, student activity fees, campus access fee and the international education fee.
It will not cover:
- Instructional materials fees, special program tuition, 3-peat, 27 HR Rule, etc. Learn more »
Please contact your Campus Business Office or send an email to email@example.com.
Students with a minimum balance of $100 in eligible tuition and fee charges may sign up for a Payment Plan.
Students are encouraged to visit the Summer 2023 Registration/ Payment Calendar for payment deadlines and payment plan availability, etc.
A payment plan initiated May 1– 19, 2023, prior to the Summer Momentum Plan payment, will be inclusive of all tuition and fee charges owed, for the term, at the time the payment plan is executed.
Once the Summer Momentum Plan is applied to the student’s account, the Payment Plan will adjust accordingly, followed by an automated email sent to the student.
A student’s account will be charged as usual, and payment will be automatically applied.
There is no need to pay upfront unless you enroll in additional credit hours above your free (3, 6 or 9) credit hours which you are eligible for under the Summer Momentum Program.
Students will need to pay upfront for any Maymester or Summer I 8-week courses for which they are registered because those terms are not eligible for Summer Momentum Program.
The student is responsible to make payments on any remaining balance, according to the Summer 2023 Registration/Payment Calendar.
Any unpaid tuition and fee balance may result in a student being dropped from all courses.
Yes, the Summer Momentum Plan can be used.
The Summer Momentum Plan is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition and fees after all other financial aid resources have been awarded. Exemptions/Waivers are applied on the student account first and any remaining eligible tuition and fee charges will be reduced by SMP accordingly.
Sponsored (3rd Party Billing) tuition assistance will be used first towards the 3/6/9 FREE credit hours with a few exceptions including VA education benefits.
The Summer Momentum Plan is a non-refundable program, and a student may owe money back for a course dropped prior to the census date or during any part of the term. All Adds/ Drops should be completed prior to the start of the related term. Refer to the Summer 2023 Registration/Payment Calendar.
Drops after the start of class will have SMP Scholarship adjustments resulting in a balance on the student account. The award can be reinstated if the student registers for a class in the latter part of the term.
Lack of academic success in the summer class(es) may not drive repayment. Students should be aware that not successfully completing courses might impact their Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid or their Academic Standing.
- A student’s Pell Grant award is not impacted
- In some cases, other federal aid such as loans or work-study may be adjusted when necessary if the student does not have sufficient “unmet need” to be compliant with federal regulations.
If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact your campus Student Financial Aid Office or visit the Financial Aid website.