Didn’t Get That Scholarship? Volunteer!

504875_97772812This program at Tulsa Community College rocks!

For students challenged by the rising cost of tuition, the school has instituted a program where students can defer registration costs as long as they volunteer. Tulsa Achieves will fund up to 63 unit hours of course credit, or up to three years of tuition and fees waived in exchange for 40 hours of volunteering per year. Almost 3,000 students have participated thus far. With a partnership with VolunteerMatch, students find volunteer placements in the Oklahoma community nearest them, and can log hours, find new volunteer gigs, etc. The school places an emphasis on education, social services, and healthcare volunteer placements, but does not mandate that focus.

VolunteerMatch also works with other colleges and universities in similar “Campus Solutions” programs, and AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and Teach for America also give tuition credit for logged volunteer hours. Don’t let finances keep you or the young people you know from pursuing the education they desire. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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