Column: Students urged to save time and money this summer with Expanded Summer Momentum Plan

It’s been one whole year since the world as we knew it changed. We learned to adapt and pivot into a new normal while staying safe. One thing we can all take away from this pandemic is that our community has reached new levels of resilience and ingenuity.

Many people have learned a new hobby, reengaged with their personal goals, and found momentum to keep moving forward. However, many of our students are still facing a financial burden to meet their basic needs. At Palo Alto College, we remain committed to creating a better future for the southside community by providing access to quality higher education for all members of our community.

As we head into summer, I encourage currently enrolled Palo Alto College students to take advantage of the Expanded Summer Momentum Plan (ESMP) offered by the Alamo Colleges District. Eligible students who earned hours in Spring 2021 and enroll in the ESMP can receive three to nine credit hours at no cost during the Summer 2021 semester.

The Expanded Summer Momentum Plan enables more students to achieve the lifelong benefits of college with less financial stress. For more information, students can visit

While our faculty have embraced creativity and innovation to deliver their curriculum outside of the traditional classroom setting, we are excited to begin taking steps towards returning to campus. As we finalize those plans, the information will become available in the coming weeks on our website,

Even as we face times of uncertainty, education remains a beacon of hope for a brighter future. Whether it’s your first-time considering college or you’re looking to continue your education, our dedicated team is ready to help you pursue your educational and career goals. Enroll in a class or two this summer, and get started by visiting or calling 210-486-3100.

Robert Garza, Ph.D., is president of Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo Colleges District.

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