Free College Courses This Summer

Teds 04 5-28 Issue - Free College Courses This Summer (1)

Photo: The summer campus at Delaware Community College is very inviting. Southwest high school grads can be there virtually for bridge courses in math and English aimed at preparing them for success at further college-level studies or being productive in their jobs.  

Virtual bridge classes in Developmental English and Math

Seats are filling up for the three free Zoom courses being offered this summer by Delaware County Community College under the PA state-funded Act 101 program. It is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and open to all Pennsylvania residents. The program is designed to provide educational support services, strengthen academic skills and enhance confidence in the student’s ability to achieve.

The basic requirements include state residence, scoring sufficiently on a placement exam, and being eligible for financial aid. Applicants who qualify, however, must purchase the required books for their courses.

The Act 101 Summer Program is an intensive, tuition-free, 7-week summer bridge program geared to making a student’s transition to college life smooth and meaningful. The program is designed to enhance the skills you need for your academic success and individual growth. Qualified students must purchase textbooks for Summer Bridge Program.

Students who have taken these DCCC courses find themselves better prepared for further study at two and four-year colleges or help them secure careers in a wide variety of industries and professions. They report that they develop skills to make better decisions, improve time management, communicate more effectively and plan for future success.

Courses include Developmental Reading, Developmental English (includes Speech), and Basic or Developmental Mathematics. Tutoring is required with professional educators and assistance with computer use and word processing is available. Group and individual counseling sessions help explore career and personal development.   Summer program tuition is free for eligible students.

The process for entering the Summer Bridge Program is first to apply to DCCC (, take the DCCC Placement Test (610-325-2776), apply for financial aid at and apply to the Act 101 program

(Information for this article was provided by Karyn Lynch, Chief of Student Support Services at The School District of Philadelphia | Office of Student Support Services through Venard Johnson of the Southeast Pa. Network For Family Health, Education & Welfare. Those wishing assistance in applying for the Act 101 courses may contact him at 267-595-3178 or via

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