Graduates at these 6 Houston-area school districts can receive free college tuition at San Jacinto College

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HOUSTON – San Jacinto College received an anonymous donation that will pay for tuition for up to three years for every student graduating in 2021 from the schools in its taxing district.

Those districts include LaPorte ISD, Channelview ISD, Galena Park ISD, Sheldon ISD, Pasadena ISD, and Deer Park ISD. It is estimated there will be approximately 5,000 graduates from those six school districts this year. The funds will cover all of them.

The college has created the 21 Forward Scholarship for these students. The scholarship is good for up to three years. Students must enroll this fall and take at least six credit hours each semester (they can take more, but six is the minimum).

This scholarship does not cover the cost of books and supplies. However, a San Jacinto College representative said there are other funding sources that can help with that.

When this news came into KPRC 2 News, we had questions. San Jacinto answered them all.

Q: What kind of degree can students get from San Jacinto College?

A: Students can earn a 2-year associate’s degree in 8 areas of study. You can also get a workforce certificate to use for a job at a chemical plant or refinery. Those usually take one year to complete.

Q: What is the approximate value of the scholarship?

A: Tuition is $78 per credit hour. Taking 12 credit hours qualifies you as a full-time student. That would cost a student $936 a semester. If a student took 12 hours for summer, spring and fall for 3 years, their scholarship would have covered $8,424 in tuition.

Q: What about 2021 graduates who have already applied and enrolled at San Jacinto College for the summer or fall semesters?

A: They will receive a refund of any payments already made. If they have not made any payments, their tuition and fees will be paid for.

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