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San Jac offers Free tuition for Class of 2021

Private donation to fund tuition Funds to pay for up to three years at San Jacinto College

ByAmanda Fenwick

PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College Foundation has received a private donation to fund up to three years of tuition for the high school class of 2021.

“On behalf of San Jacinto College, our Board of Trustees, and the students who will benefit from this generous gift, I say thank you,” said Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College Deputy Chancellor and President. “This last year has been a challenge for so many students, and the ability to remove the financial burden for thousands of high school graduates will allow them to attend college and earn their workforce certificate or associate degree. We are incredibly grateful for this thoughtful and transformational gift.”

The funds will be used to create the 21 Forward Scholarship. All high school graduates that live within the San Jacinto College taxing district at the time of their high school graduation are eligible. The scholarship is good for up to three years at San Jacinto College (through December 2024). Students must begin classes at San Jac this Fall, take a minimum of six credit hours each semester, and must apply for financial aid annually.

The school says its new “21Forward” scholarship is a gift to the class of 2021. Students’ entire tuitions are being paid by a generous private donation.

It’s a three-year scholarship, so students may attend full- or part-time with a six-credit hour minimum.

You can earn an associate degree or workforce certificate with the scholarship, but there are a few eligibility requirements.

Eligible students must have graduated from high school during the 2020- 2021 academic year. The school says students must begin San Jac classes in the fall 2021 semester.

Students also must live in the San Jac taxing district upon graduating high school, including the following school districts and schools:

Channelview High School
Endeavor Alternative School

Deer Park High School

Galena Park High School
North Shore High School
Early College High School

LaPorte ISD
LaPorte High School
Viola DeWalt High School

Career & Technical High School
Dobie High School
Pasadena High School
Pasadena Memorial High School
Sam Rayburn High School
South Houston High School
Tegeler Career Center

CE King High School

Homeschool, private school and GED graduates are also eligible for the scholarship. Additional information about eligibility and links to apply to San Jacinto College can be found on the San Jacinto College website at

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

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