RUSKIN – Ever wanted to take a college course but couldn’t afford the tuition or shied away from signing up for fear of grades and testing?
Thanks to Hillsborough Community College’s tuition waiver program, there’s no longer a need to procrastinate if you’re 60 or older and have lived in Florida for 12 consecutive mouths. Snowbirds whose primary residence is Florida also may participate.
“The HCC SouthShore campus is dedicated to serving all the people in our community, including our senior population,” said Allen Witt, campus president. “Although the senior tuition waiver does not add revenues to our campus, we welcome the opportunity for these students to bring their wealth of knowledge and life experiences into our classrooms.”
So why wait?
Provided the class you want has seats available, you can apply and register at no cost. Everything – including application and registration fees and tuition – are waived provided you meet age and residency requirements and you do the following:
Go to http://hccfl.edu/searchsections/index.asp and search for the subject you want. Make sure the term is 13/FA and you choose the SouthShore Campus, provided that’s the one you wish to attend. Then click search and see what classes show spaces are available.
Then on Aug. 19 or 20, come to Room 202 at the HCC SouthShore Campus, 551 24th St. N.E., Ruskin, between 8 a.m. and noon to apply.
Two IDs are required: a current Florida driver’s license; Florida voter’s registration card; automobile registration or a proof of purchase for a home or mortgage. Each must show you’ve lived in the state for at least a year.
You’ll simply complete an HCC application and registration form, and present both to the Admissions, Registration and Records office; show the proof of age documents to the registration clerk, who will then sign the fee waiver form and provide you a copy of the current class schedule; give the signed fee waiver to the campus bursar, who will complete the process and provide you with a paid receipt. Then you show up the day of the class to learn if there’s room.
Assistance is available every step of the way, said Peggy Gleason, senior staff assistant at HCC SouthShore.
“Registration is based on space availability on the first day of class,” she said. “And we must have at least 15 paid registered students before any senior can audit the class.
“That’s why seniors can’t pre-register,” Gleason continued. “We can’t give away the seats of students who would be paying to seniors wanting to audit. But if seats are available the first day the class meets, they’re in.”
Gleason said seniors can choose any open class in any subject offered on the campus.
She said the most popular by far is Spanish.
“We also have classes in subjects like math, art, history and science. Registration depends on if there’s room.”
Seniors do not receive college credit for audited classes. The fee waiver does not include the cost of textbooks but purchasing them is not required. Grades, papers or tests are not required. You can participate as little or as much as desired.
For additional information, call Gleason at (813) 259-6157.