Reaching Back to Bring Forward Scholarship Fund

The Problem: For many high school students, the cost of education is a significant barrier to enrolling in college.

  • Nearly all of City College’s 16,000 students need financial assistance. The majority of the students are low-income, first-generation college students, homeless or housing-insecure.
    • 70 percent of City College students receive financial aid to cover their enrollment fees.
    • 29 percent of City College students — about 4,800 students — pay enrollment fees. Many of these students would benefit from financial assistance but a low GPA or other factors has kept them from qualifying.
  • Cost of attendance for two semesters (12 units per semester):
     

    AT HOME

    AWAY FROM HOME

    Enrollment Fees

    $1,104

    $1,104

    Books and Supplies

    $1,764

    $1,764

    Health Fee

    $38

    $38

    Food and Housing

    $4,770

    $11,970

    Transportation

    $1,125

    $1,269

    Personal Expenses

    $3,159

    $2,898

    Total

    $11,960

    $19,043

    Source: Financial Aid, San Diego City College

  • To earn an associate’s degree, students must complete 60 units. At $46 per unit, total enrollment fees for an associate’s degree add up to $2,760. This amount does not include the cost of books and supplies, transportation, housing, food or other personal expenses.
  • With about 4,800 students who have financial need but are paying enrollment fees, there is about $13.2 million in unmet financial need for enrollment fees alone at City College.

The Solution: Reaching Back to Bring Forward Scholarship Fund, developed in October 2015 by San Diego City College and the City College Foundation.

How It Works:

  • A $5,000 scholarship over two years covers $2,760 in enrollment fees plus $2,240 for books.
  • The pilot program, funded with $25,000 in seed money from the San Diego City College Foundation, will begin with 5 students in the Spring 2016 semester. The pilot will be targeted toward students from City College’s top feeder schools, such as San Diego High School.
  • To provide the $5,000 Reaching Back to Bring Forward Scholarship Fund to 4,800 students the Foundation would need to raise an additional $24 million.
  • Reaching Back to Bring Forward Scholarship Fund, developed in October 2015 by San Diego City College and the City College Foundation.

Next Steps:

  • Scholarship criteria is being developed.
  • Money needs to be raised for the program to reach its full potential.

Scholarship Criteria

Traditional scholarships are capturing students with high GPAs, good test scores and well-rounded applications. The students who are not meeting these requirements are the ones who either don’t attend college or struggle to pay for tuition, books and other costs. The Reaching Back to Bring Forward Scholarship Fund aims to reach these students and create a path to success that otherwise would not exist, but scholarship criteria for the program will include maintaining a full course load for two years, among other requirements.

"The Reaching Back to Bring Forward Scholarship Fund reaches students who do not qualify for traditional scholarships and creates a path to success that otherwise would not exist."