FAIRFIELD — Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree may be eligible for an experimental program at Solano Community College that’s approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
The program, which begins this fall, gives people with a bachelor’s an opportunity to return to school for another degree or to retrain for a different career using a federally funded Pell Grant.
Typically, students who hold a bachelor’s don’t qualify for a Pell Grant. This program allows those people who qualify for the grant under Title IV to potentially receive the federal funds to support their education.
“This gives them an opportunity to come back and get into a career and vocational program, provided they’re eligible for the Pell Grant,” said Robin Darcangelo, the college’s financial aid director.
Using gathered information made available to the Department of Education, the output will be used to determine if students who used the experimental Pell Grant completed a career program and found employment in the area in which they trained. Other information the Department of Education will use to evaluate the program includes employment and salary information before and after education completion.
Whether or not vocational students in the experimental program complete studies with a lower student loan debt will also be examined.
If interested, a 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA – must be filled out. It can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Solano Community College must be listed as the institution choice.
For more information, contact the college’s financial aid office at 864-7103 or visit the office at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Building 400, on the second floor.
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