Free Fall Tuition (HS graduates)

If your teen just graduated high school, they are eligible to receive 1 semester of free tuition at the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX) in their Associate of Applied Science Degree program (fully online).  They offer 3  options: Cybersecurity, Electronic Technology, or Networking Technology.

University of St. Thomas

Associate Degree programs admission requirements are as follows:

  • Completed online application
  • High school diploma or record of General Education Development Test (GED)

Tuition for the Associate of Applied Science programs is $600 per class.  (20 classes required)  While scholarships are not offered for this program, students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Jennifer’s comments:  an Associate of Applied Science degree is not designed to transfer as the first 2 years of a 4-year degree.

Up to 15 hours of general education coursework may be transferred in to the A.A.S. degree.

Jennifer’s comments:  15 hours is = to 5 courses.  Each of the 3 programs differs in their gen ed requirements, but all require English Composition 1 and 2 which you can complete with ONE CLEP EXAM! College Composition CLEP

University of St. Thomas

HS4CC Strategy

  1. Apply to the program so you’re one of the first 300 applicants.  They may restrict the free tuition offer.
  2. Send your dual enrollment, AP, and CLEP scores immediately for evaluation.
  3. If time allows, take the CLEP College Composition exam if you have not already earned college credit in English 1 and 2.
  4. Maximize the first semester by taking no fewer than 4 courses.
  5. If you are awarded 15 general education transfer credits (5 courses), and your first 4 courses are free under this program (12 credits) your total budget should be set for 11 courses X $600 per course = $6600
  6. Apply for every possible scholarship starting immediately.  Scholarships 
  7. Fill out your FAFSA federal aid application. This application is required for grants and scholarships – so even if you have no plans to borrow (good!) you still need to fill this out.
  8. Continue applying for scholarships every week until you graduate!  Most people stop applying once they start school, that’s a mistake!

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You might also like to read my post about another free associate degree option for families affiliated with a union! Free Associate Degree for Union Worker Families


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