TCC On a Roll: Offers Financial Relief for Textbook Costs for Tulsa Achieves Scholars

Students participating in the much-heralded new Tulsa Achieves program at Tulsa Community College, which provides for up to 60 hours of free college tuition and fees for all academically eligible Tulsa county seniors beginning in Fall 2007, are also eligible to participate in the Tulsa Community College Textbook Trust.

This fund has been established with a challenge grant from the Linda Mitchell Price Charitable Foundation. Its purpose is to help students buy books who demonstrate a financial need for assistance.

The TCC Textbook Trust offers allowances for up $400 per scholar per semester for full-time students.

In 2005, The Government Accountability Office (GACO) found that the cost of textbooks as a percentage of tuition and fees is 72 percent for a full-time student attending a two-year public institution.

The Price Foundation is starting the trust at TCC with a $200,000 grant and challenges the community to raise $5 million for the Textbook Trust.

Tulsa Achieves student scholars will complete the Textbook Trust program form before the start of classes. The Student Financial Services office will review each student’s Tulsa Achieves file and determine whether they are eligible for the textbook program based on the number of hours a student is enrolled and their need for financial assistance.

Eligible Tulsa Achieves scholars will redeem their textbook allowances at TCC Bookstores.

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