Boca raton schools will offer free college tuition to students who earn at least a bachelor’s degree from the local high school.
The Boca River School District is asking students who have completed a bachelor of science or higher degree from an accredited college or university in the area to apply for the opportunity to graduate from the high school with the goal of attending a local community college or technical school.
Boca Ratons Public Schools officials say the idea is to allow students who already have a high school diploma or GED to take advantage of the program.
The district also is planning to offer the program to students of color.
“This is an opportunity for our students to graduate with a high level of education, and a strong commitment to the community,” said district spokesman Scott Wieczorek.
“As a community we’re always looking for opportunities to create positive change, and we’re also looking to invest in our students, so this program is part of that.”
District officials have been asking the community for ideas about what to do with the money.
“I just thought it would be nice if they would give it to the school, and then we could all help each other out with the tuition,” said one Boca student.
“We all know it’s hard to pay for college when you have to pay taxes, but if you want to go to college and do that, it’s a no brainer,” said another student.
Some parents are frustrated with the lack of transparency and are upset about the potential loss of free tuition.
“What can you do with this money that you’re going to lose,” said parent Karen Johnson.
“The district is not going to be able to do anything with this,” said student Jessica Hockley.
“It’s just kind of a sad thing, because I want to help my classmates and help the district succeed,” said Boca teen Kari Hockleys mother.
She said she wants to know what the district plans to do.
“They don’t have a lot of information,” said Hock.