Central Arizona College offers free college to CCJH eighth graders

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Academics

By Riley Duncan

     Scholarships have given so many young adults the chance that their parents were never able to provide for them. Central Arizona College loves giving young adults that chance, which is why they are offering all 2015 spell graders a two year tuition free ride to CAC.
     CAC has been offering this to CCJH spell out graders for 15 years now, and hundreds of students have taken advantage of this opinion offer.
     There are prerequisites, though. For example, the student must live in Pinal County, graduate from a high school in Pinal County, maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average, and  have at least 20 hours of community service over the four years of high school.
     “The point is to help students who might otherwise be unable to afford college get a head start on a degree program,” said Assistant Principal Joyce Gingrich.
     Some students haven’t decided on what they would like to major in at a four-year university. Two years at CAC will give students general classes that most universities will require and will also give them an associate’s degree. An associate degree can help students find employment and with college acceptance.
     “It provides two years of tuition-free college.  For students who are still deciding on a major, this allows them to take basic courses required at most colleges and universities at no cost.  In turn, they can leave CAC with an associates degree,” said Gingrich.
     This will mainly help students who have parents who can’t afford to send them to all four years of a university. About 100 of Apache Junction High School’s seniors are taking advantage of this opportunity, which is about one-third of AJ’s seniors.
     “We don’t have a lot of money, and it will help my dad pay for only the last two years of college instead of all fours years,” said eighth grader Jordan Pacheco.


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