Parents & Families

Parents & Families

Students attending one of the 25 participating high schools are eligible for AlamoPROMISE regardless of family income or class rank.

An Associate Degree Means a $9,400 Earnings Increase

Students in classThe average associate degree graduate from the Alamo Colleges District will experience a $9,400 earnings increase each year compared to a high school graduate in Texas.

Through achieving a degree, your student will receive a stream of higher future earnings that will continue to grow throughout their working lives.

If your student is eligible, AlamoPROMISE covers the gap between your child’s financial aid and the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at one of the Alamo Colleges.

How Does AlamoPROMISE Work?

Your student must be a high school senior who is graduating in spring 2020 from one of the 25 Phase I AlamoPROMISE high schools.

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1. Start By Saving Your Seat

To sign up for AlamoPROMISE, students should visit alamo.edu/promise right now to fill out a Save Your Seat Form. This form does not obligate your student to attend one of our colleges.

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2. File for Financial Aid

Next, they should file for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TAFSA).

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3. Apply to an ACD College 

Students should then apply for admission to one of the Alamo Colleges.

Submit an application for admission at www.applytexas.org for any of the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District.

The deadline to complete steps 1-3 is February 14, 2020.

Once these steps are complete, your student is ready to enroll at one of our colleges during fall 2020 registration that begins next spring.

 

Why the Alamo Colleges is a smart way for your student to start their college education:

  • Earn More

    A two-year associate degree can make a big difference in how much students earn. The average associate degree graduate from the Alamo Colleges District will see an increase in earnings of $9,400 each year, and nearly $400,000 over a lifetime of work, compared to someone with a high school diploma working in Texas.

  • Save Money

    Attending a community college for two years enables you to get all your basic classes out of the way while saving a significant amount of money. Our colleges offer the same core academic courses for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree as four-year universities, and the courses transfer to any public university in Texas and many across the country.

  • Achieve Success

    It’s also important to know that our students who transfer generally do better academically and are more likely to graduate than students who start out at a public university.

  • Performance Excellence

    The Alamo Colleges offer a top-level national reputation. ACD is the only community college district to ever win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s top recognition of higher education excellence. Our colleges and the district have been recognized for their success with state and national awards year after year.

  • Smaller Class Sizes

    Our classes are smaller, with an average class size of 23 students. This gives your student more opportunities to interact with their professors leading to greater success in school overall. These classes are taught by dedicated faculty with master’s degrees or Ph.D.’s, who will take time to give your student personal attention and support.


How Else Will the Alamo College District Help Your Student Succeed?

We are dedicated to your student's success. A college education provides a great return on investment and we are committed to providing support both inside and outside the classroom. 

Advising

 

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An advisor is assigned to each student when they enroll. These experts help them choose a career path and make sure they only take the courses they need for their degree or certificate, saving them time and money!

Advocacy Centers

 

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Student Advocacy Centers are located at each of the colleges which include food pantries, the Centers also assist students with transportation, childcare, clothing for job interviews, and referrals to community resources, including mental healthcare.

Flexible Class Schedules

 

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To help college fit into student’s busy schedule, we offer day and evening classes, plus online courses, including some associate degrees you can earn entirely online! 

Talk to your high school senior today about signing up for AlamoPROMISE and enrolling at one of the Alamo Colleges District colleges next fall. We are invested in their success.
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