A new, limited-time Collin College program hopes to reverse the “academic slide” high schoolers may have experienced during the pandemic.

Collin College announced in an April 17 news release it will offer up to six hours in tuition and fee credits to qualifying May and June graduates to use toward some of its summer courses.

“Student success is a top priority at Collin College, and we want area residents to be aware of this added tuition and fee resource, which is currently available due to the impact of the pandemic,” District President Neil Matkin said in the press release.

The program, called Reversing the Slide, is a way to help graduating students explore their college opportunities, further their education and undo some damage done from learning during the pandemic, according to the press release.

To be eligible, the student must:
  • Be a high school senior who is graduating in May or June;
  • Be in the Collin College service area, which includes Collin County, Rockwall County, portions of Denton County that are within the municipalities of The Colony and Frisco, Celina ISD and Prosper ISD;
  • Be registered for Summer I or Summer III at the time they apply for the program; and
  • Complete the Reversing the Slide application by noon May 3.
    • Payment for any fees not covered through the program will be due at 7 p.m. May 3.
The fee waivers will cover both online and in-person classes but will not cover textbooks, First Day Access costs, Maymester courses, Summer II courses or continuing education courses, according to the press release.

Eligible students who have already paid their Summer I or Summer III tuition and fees could be eligible for a refund through the program, according to Collin College’s website.

“This is a great opportunity for graduating high school students,” Matkin said in the press release.

Interested students can check their eligibility, learn more about and apply for the waivers here.