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Maintaining Your Scholarship

The American Dream Scholarship is a vital safety net that picks up where other aid and scholarships leave off. It was made possible by the generosity of members of the greater Miami community. In celebrating MDC's 50th anniversary, the community broke all records for philanthropic giving. These benefactors recognized the importance of a college education, and the quality of education available at Miami Dade College.
The scholarship pays in-state tuition and eligible class fees for Associate in Arts and Associate in Sciences degree seeking students. The scholarship will pay for 60 college-level credits at Miami Dade College after all other scholarships, grants, and financial aid have been applied. For recipients not eligible for in-state tuition, the scholarship covers the in-state portion of tuition and eligible class fees.
The scholarship is not disbursable in cash. Special fees for the aviation or culinary arts programs are not covered.

To remain an American Dream Scholar for Spring 2016, you must:

  • Be seeking an Associate in arts or Associate in Sciences degree
  • Register for at least 12 credits for the Spring 2016 term by December 18, 2015

Failure to meet these requirements by the deadline will result in the loss of your status as an American Dream Scholar and you will not be awarded any funds you would otherwise be eligible for under this program. There are no provisions for reinstatement. Once you lose eligibility, you will not be able to regain your status as an American Dream Scholar.
Since the program does not cover courses in the summer, you are encouraged to take more than 12 credits in Spring 2016. See your advisor for guidance. Read below for additional information about taking courses in the summer.
Remember that courses not passed or withdrawn after the 100% refund date count toward the 60 credit limit of the scholarship.
Eligible students will be notified as soon as they meet all requirements for renewal.

To remain an American Dream Scholar for Fall 2016, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above as shown on your Degree Audit and earn 67 percent of credits registered by the end of the Spring  2016  term. Renewal of the scholarship takes effect at the end of the Spring term. (Summer courses taken after the renewal process will not apply). 
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for  2016 and ensure that MDC has your information by the deadline of August 19, 2016.  You do not need to be eligible for federal financial aid but you must complete the application (FAFSA).  Please remember that it may take several days for MDC to receive your information even after you request it.  Therefore, allow enough time for this to occur by the deadline date of August 19, 2016.  
  • If you are unable to complete a FAFSA application, please complete the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)CalculatorPrint and submit the results to your campus Financial Aid office
  • Register for at least 12 credits for the Fall 2015 term by August  19, 2016

Eligible students will be notified as soon as they meet all requirements for renewal.
Failure to meet these standards by the end of the Spring term will result in the loss of your status as an American Dream Scholar and you will not be awarded any funds you would otherwise be eligible for under this program. There are no provisions for reinstatement. Once you lose eligibility, you will not be able to regain your status as an American Dream Scholar.
Remember that courses not passed or withdrawn after the 100% refund date count toward the 60 credit limit of the program.

Courses in the summer:

  • The American Dream Scholarship does not cover any classes taken during the summer.
  • The scholarship renewal takes place at the end of the Spring 2016 term.



Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
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Contact the Office of Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, ADA and Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for assistance.