Provides full tuition to local community college
More than 4,000 high school seniors will have the opportunity to earn a tuition-free, postsecondary education through Harris County Promise, a new program that provides students with last-dollar scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and fees at participating community colleges.
This partnership between school districts, community colleges, and Good Reason Houston, aims to increase the number of Harris County students who graduate college and receive their degree. In this first year, Harris County Promise brings seven high schools in Aldine, Alief, and Pasadena Independent School Districts together with Houston Community College, Lone Star College and San Jacinto College to create a unique pathway to college graduation for Promise Scholars.
In January, Harris County Promise launched in Aldine, Eisenhower, and Nimitz high schools. Harris County Promise is available to all Texas resident high-school seniors from participating schools, regardless of high school GPA or income. The program provides a scholarship to cover any remaining tuition and fees not covered by other grants the student receives. Promise Scholars also receive assistance with books and a coach to help them navigate college life.
“We believe it is imperative to increase the number of students earning a degree or certification from our colleges to help meet the growing demand for an educated workforce,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “The Harris County Promise program provides a real opportunity for students in the Aldine Independent School District to further their education.”