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Free tuition and textbooks: A new promise for eligible Foothill College students

Original post made on Jul 30, 2019

Foothill College has expanded its Foothill College Promise, a program that offers two years of free tuition and textbooks for students, regardless of their income level.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 9:57 AM

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Posted by Not So Fast...
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 30, 2019 at 12:48 pm

From the PA Weekly...

> "Foothill College has expanded its Foothill College Promise, a program that offers two years of free tuition and textbooks for students, REGARDLESS OF THEIR INCOME LEVEL."

>> "To be considered for the program, applicants must be first-time college students, enroll in at least 12 units, and complete the California Dream Act application or an application for federal student aid. Under the program, students also receive access to Foothill's support services and a free Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority SmartPass."

^^^ the 'regardless of their income level' is a misnomer/false advertising if the program is only for Dreamers and/or those filing an application for federal student aid.

Thus the program should be entirely FREE for all new/incoming students regardless of their economic background, ethnicity and/or immigration status.

This is discriminatory!


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Posted by So fast
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 30, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Stand down, it's like a scholarship and it has qualifications. Pity, all that typing gone to waste because someone doesn't understand the basics.


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Posted by Read Carefully
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 30, 2019 at 5:27 pm

There are always terms and conditions to any policy, program, prize, etc.

Read it over once and if you are still confused, read it over twice.

For those who are lazy, here are the terms:

1. Full-time student (at least 12 units each quarter)
2. Obtained high school diploma
3. NEVER attended college after high school
4. Qualify for in-state tuition (in other words, CA resident but AB 540 Exemption is OK)
4. Fill out FAFSA, submit to Foothill OR fill out Dream App

Whoever said the program is discriminatory must be a troll with too much time on his/her/their hands. (Trust me, if I had only left it at his/her gender binary terms, they would also cry over how my post is also discriminatory.)

Good step forward for free education!! Rejoice! :)


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 30, 2019 at 6:50 pm

Ok, I just now created my own Federal Student Aid ID account. Then went ahead to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which entails the following sections: Student Demographics, School Selection, Dependency Status, Parent Demographics, Financial Information, Sign & Submit.

Whether qualified or not for Federal Aid, it looks like anybody could complete the Federal Aid application and fulfill that specific requirement for free tuition at Foothill College.

I'd be out of the running due to the "first-time college student" requirement.


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Posted by A Free For All
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm

> Thus the program should be entirely FREE for all new/incoming students regardless of their economic background, ethnicity and/or immigration status.

> Whether qualified or not for Federal Aid, it looks like anybody could complete the Federal Aid application and fulfill that specific requirement for free tuition at Foothill College.

> Stand down, it's like a scholarship and it has qualifications.

> This is discriminatory!

Discriminatory ONLY if everyone who applies & who meets the basic qualifications does not get a free ride to Foothill College for two years.

With potentially no incoming revenue per academic year, how will this program stay afloat?




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Posted by Read Carefully
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 31, 2019 at 8:31 pm

Program can stay afloat from international student tuition, part-time student tuition, bookstore purchases (for those who are not entitled to textbook voucher, donations especially. (foothill very well endowed)


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Posted by Displacing Learning disabilities
a resident of Professorville
on Aug 1, 2019 at 8:15 am

Following with PAUSD culture of driving away special needs families, some of the new tuition free program must be funded by transferring funds from learning disabilities and special education. we were informed of severe budget cuts for Learning disabilities and special education services to take place in 2019 2020 and several services we rely on are going away that makes it impossible to continue at Foothill and we have not found another solution.


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Posted by local parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2019 at 5:44 pm

@Displacing,
That is truly bad news, as unlike PAUSD, Foothill has a reputation for great services for students with disabilities despite already strained budgets. Terrible. If there are donors, continuing to fund the Foothill DRC changes lives!


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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 5, 2019 at 7:44 am

Hello All,

Money is not being taken from any other student programs to fund the College Promise. The funding comes from the State of California; the State is trying to accelerate degree completion and get more qualified people into the workforce. Simple as that!

You do not need a HS diploma/GED, you just need to take 12 units of course work and be a first time college student. It really is not complicated and it is good for students, parents, the State, and our economy.


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