No concrete promotion campaign has been created for the program.
By Sergio Medina
The board of trustees unanimously voted to pass the Fresh Start program for students during the regular meeting of the board Feb. 26 at Killen Center.
Beginning in the fall, the program will allow former students without college accreditation and with financial holds of $500 or less to re-enroll.
The program will benefit up to about 9,000 students in Bexar County who owe money to the district.
That translates to $1,832,943 in money owed.
In total, there are about 277,000 students in Bexar County who have some college credit but no accreditation.
After completing six credit hours with a C grade or better, students will receive a scholarship in the amount owed. Students will be able to enroll in financial aid to cover tuition expenses.
Further, students will be encouraged to attend financial literacy workshops, develop academic plans with academic advisers and connect with student advocacy services.
Dr. Diane Snyder, vice chancellor for finance and administration, said before the board the program provides students the ability to come back.
“Then going forward, we can scholarship amounts that were owed in the past to allow them to go ahead and complete their degree,” she said.
District 5 trustee Roberto Zárate moved for approval with the rest of the board following suit.
District 7 Yvonne Katz received the program enthusiastically.
“That is a cool program,” she said.
In an interview after the meeting, Snyder said the district does not yet have a concrete strategy to promote the program.
“We’ve still got to work out all these details,” Snyder said. “We have to first make sure we have their (board) support to do a program like this. Of course, you know, we have the list of the students that are part of the population we’re talking about so there’ll be an outreach campaign to reach to them.”