Enrollment for high school seniors program at TCC for free associates degree is down

TULSA, Okla. (KOKI) — Staff at Tulsa Community College (TCC) says that applications for the Tulsa Achieves Scholarship Program are down.

While they say freshman admission at TCC is up, high school students are leaving free money on the table when it comes to cutting college debt in half.

The program provided by TCC allows high school seniors from Tulsa County schools to get tuition for an associates degree covered with a simple application.

TCC student Ethan Kocsak who’s enrolled in the program as an incoming freshman says, “no matter what happens, I have all of my tuition, all of my college covered. I don’t have to worry about it no matter how bad things get.”

Rachael Achivare Hill with TCC says what they see happening as a result of the pandemic is a major gap in program enrollment.

Hill adds that the pandemic made it challenging to connect with seniors, so they’re doing various outreach efforts this summer to make up for lost time.

“Especially right now we’re coming off the tail end of all of this online school it might not seem like it’s not worth your time but trust me it is if you can get your college degree at a discount or even fir free do it,” says Kocsak.

The first day of the fall semester is August 16.

Students have until then to apply.

Hill says TCC staff will help with the application process and financial aid forms, which are a requirement.

For more information, email ADMISSION@tulsacc.edu or calla (918) 595-8000.