Financial Aid

American Dream

The Basics

Who is Eligible?

High school graduates who have earned a standard high school diploma, GED, or home school diploma in Miami Dade County during the May-July 2021 period (without a previous degree).

What is Covered?

The American Dream Scholarship funds will be applied at the in-state tuition rate after all other resources available to cover tuition and fees have been applied. 

Duration

The scholarship covers up to 60 credits toward the completion of an AA or AS, whichever comes first.

How It Works

  • The scholarship pays only tuition and class fees and is not disbursable in cash.
  • Funds will be applied after all other scholarships, financial aid, and grants funds have been applied.
  • Students must enroll full time for at least 12 credits each fall and spring semester.
  • Out-of-state students are responsible for any additional out-of-state costs per credit, not covered by the scholarship.
  • Special fees for the Aviation or Culinary Arts programs are not covered.
  • Failed or withdrawn courses count toward the 60-credit limit of the scholarship.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits each Fall and Spring term. If you decide to enroll in additional credits during the semester, you must contact us at 305-237-8888 or at ADS@mdc.edu to recalculate your payment award.

Class of 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • You must earn a standard high school diploma, GED, or home school diploma in Miami Dade County.
  • You must currently reside in Miami Dade County.
  • You must be entering college for the first time or be a graduating dual enrollee.
  • You must have a cumulative high school weighted GPA of 3.00 or above.
  • You must be admitted to MDC and registered for 12 or more credits for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • You must complete the 2021-2022 Federal Financial Aid Application (FAFSA). You do not need to be eligible for federal financial aid, but you must complete the FAFSA application. If you are unable to complete a FAFSA application, please complete the Expected Family Contribution Calculator. Email the results to your campus Financial Aid office.
  • You must prove college readiness by meeting one of the two criteria:
    1. Achieve minimum test scores on approved standardized tests. Any combination of the highest available scores are used in determining your readiness in a skill area. Scores within a two-year period of the test date are considered valid for eligibility purposes. Expired scores will not be used. OR
    2. Have a cumulative high school weighted GPA of 3.5 or greater.
  • Students obtaining a standard high school diploma through Florida Virtual School will be accepted if they reside in Miami Dade County.
  • GED recipients must earn the diploma during the time period of May - July 2021 in what would be their senior year in high school.
  • Students without a GPA on their transcripts (e.g., home schooled) must earn the diploma during the time period listed above and meet minimum test scores.

Application Process

  • No separate scholarship application is required. 
  • Apply for admission to MDC and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but you do not need to be eligible to receive federal financial aid. Please remember that it may take several days for MDC to receive your information even after you request it. Therefore, please allow enough time for this to occur by the deadline.
  • If you are unable to complete a FAFSA application, please complete the Expected Family Contribution Calculator. Email the results to your campus Financial Aid office.

UPDATES FOR CURRENT AMERICAN DREAM SCHOLARS

Summer 2021

The American Dream Scholarship will be awarded for summer courses to students who were eligible during the Spring 2021 term. There is no minimum credit requirement. As in previous terms, the scholarship picks up where other aid and scholarships leave off, ensuring that bright, qualified students have the means to continue their education. The American Dream Scholarship will cover the in-state portion of any credits you enroll for during the summer of 2021. Enrollment in summer is optional, but highly recommended.

Fall 2021

In order to maintain eligibility for the Fall 2021 term, all current American Dream Scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the Spring 2021 term. Renewal of the scholarship takes effect at the end of the Spring 2021 term. Summer courses taken after the renewal process will not apply.
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits for the Fall 2021 semester. American Dream Scholars must enroll for at least 12 credits every Fall and Spring semester.
  • Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You do not need to be eligible for federal financial aid but you must complete the FAFSA application. If you are unable to complete a FAFSA application because of your immigration status, please complete the Expected Family Contribution Calculator. Email the results to your campus Financial Aid office. Allow enough time to ensure that MDC has your information by the established deadline.
  • Be enrolled in a AA or AS degree program

Failure to meet these requirements 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 scholarship