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Odessa College Promise

On Monday, February 28th, the Odessa College Board of Trustees voted in support of funding the Odessa College Promise – a new program designed to ensure that college is a reality, and funding is not a barrier, for students who choose Odessa College.  The high school graduating class of 2024 throughout the service area will be the inaugural class of OC Promise. Congratulations, Class of 2024!
 
Over the past three months, the Odessa College Board of Trustees has reviewed the college’s plan to launch a promise program. The concept was introduced in December; the data and dollars were shared in January; and on February 28th, the funding and fundraising plans were realized. The OC Promise will be a last-dollar-in scholarship opportunity that will cover the cost of tuition and fees. The first year, $1 million dollar investment, will be the cornerstone of a program designed to increase the college-going and college-completing culture in our region. We can no longer be satisfied with roughly half of the graduating class going to college immediately after their senior year, and we should not tolerate having one of the lowest degree attainment rates in the state. We have a booming economy with great promise for our children’s future. Join us in making this promise to families in the Permian Basin.
 
In the coming weeks, the college will host a media event, where we will introduce OC Promise and outline funding opportunities. The event will be Odessa College’s call to action for our community: Today’s jobs require a skilled, trained and educated workforce. We must come together to ensure the families in the Permian Basin have access to a free education and a family-sustaining wage. Together we will solve this educational crisis and fulfill the economic need. Until then, please visit https://www.odessa.edu/future-students/Promise/index.html

The Odessa College Promise is a last-dollar-in scholarship opportunity that covers the cost of tuition an fees for eligible class of 2024 high school graduates.

Odessa College Promise Goals

·         Increase college-going & college completing rates
·         Reduce and eliminate achievement gaps for underrepresented students
·         Increase persistence
·         Decrease time to degree
·         Decrease excess credit hours

Odessa College Promise Eligibility

·         High school seniors who live in the Odessa College Service Area and are graduating in the Class of 2024
·         GED and home school students must be between the ages of 17-19 after 2024
·         No income or high school GPA requirement
·         Eligible students must enroll full-time in an associate degree or workforce certificate pathway

To maintain eligibility once the scholarship is awarded, student must be enrolled full-time and maintain at least 12 credit hours with satisfactory academic progress(2.0 GPA), as well as meet minimum co-curricular engagement and community service requirements.

OC Promise Privileges

·         Preferred/priority on campus employment
·         Priority registration
·         Dedicated Academic Success Coach
·         Dedicated College Life Coach
·         Custom, cohort engagement, transfer and placement programming

OC Promise Timeline for the Class of 2024

August 2022

·         Begin Promise Program HS Class of 2024 student outreach

January 2023

·         Provide full board with Promise Program update

September 2023

·         Admission application opens for HS Class of 2024

October 2023

·         FAFSA application opens for HS Class of 2024

April 2024

·         Priority registration for HS Class of 2024

June 2024

·         Priority FAFSA and Scholarship deadline

July 2024

·         Promise Program and FAFSA deadline

July 2024

·         Fall 2022 Promise Program registration Deadline

August 2024

·         First day of class for HS Class of 2024