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Galveston College participated with three entries in Galveston’s Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 6, 2010. Students and staff developed one float with a replica of the Galveston College lighthouse that adorns the front of the College campus at 39th Street and Avenue Q.

Universal Access Makes Galveston College Accessible

In 1996, Galveston College revived its concept of The Galveston College Foundation and formed a separate community-based nonprofit that "exists to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people's lives through lifelong learning." A flagship feature of that effort was the creation of a program called Universal Access that was designed to reduce local high school dropout rates by providing college tuition and fee payments for local high school graduates regardless of income level.

The Universal Access program, implemented in the fall of 2001, has gone through many good transitions, received state and national media recognition and awards and has remained a valuable gift to the residents of Galveston Island, Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach since its inception.

The Galveston College Universal Access program can be a benefit to all high school, home schooled or GED graduates and it has already assisted in the education of more than 3,300 individuals with funds exceeding $4.5 million.

This reminder comes at a time when Galveston College recruits students for its 2010 summer sessions and fall semester.

If you or members of your family have chosen to leave Galveston Island to attend a four-year college or university, we invite you to consider the Universal Access option in case your plans change or if you return to the island, during the summer months.

The Universal Access Guidelines have been adjusted in the last few years to provide even greater access for local residents to take advantage of their local community college.

For example, Universal Access recipients may now take as few as two courses during the fall and spring semesters and only one course is required during the summer months.

This adjustment has allowed for students to work and attend college at the same time, and recipients now have up to five years to use their award.

The Universal Access program also allows for non-credit work force programs to be funded so students may pursue short-term training programs like dental assisting, nurse assistant and welding.

The Universal Access program is an exceptional feature of the Galveston College Foundation and Galveston College that exists in part due to the generosity of local businesses, individuals and foundations.

The existing $3.1 million Universal Access endowment, combined with federal Pell awards, creates a unique "free tuition" program for local residents.