Miami, Oct. 4, 2018 – Thanks to a $10 million anonymous donation, Miami Dade College (MDC) will expand its groundbreaking American Dream Scholarship program, established in 2011, which offers Miami-Dade County high school graduates a free college education.
MDC has been a pioneer in the national effort to provide access and affordability. The American Dream Scholarship gives students the opportunity to complete their degrees at MDC without having to incur debt with student loans, as well as avoid a time gap from admission to completion. The scholarship covers the remaining cost for in-state tuition and eligible class fees not covered by financial aid, grants, the Florida Prepaid College Plan, or other scholarships.
Since its inception, more than 17,000 students have qualified for the American Dream Scholarship. An impressive 55% of American Dream Scholars graduate within three years compared to the 25% national average for all community college students. In addition, 88% of American Dream Scholars re-enroll in the subsequent fall term, compared to the 55% national average. Moreover, MDC’s American Dream Scholars have a collective grade-point average of 3.3 compared with 2.8 for all MDC students.
Learn more about the American Dream Scholarship here.