A life overflowing with work, children, and filled schedules can make
going back to school seem too difficult. News of tuition increases at
regional universities can make it seem too expensive. For some it may
be the thought of going back to school after years away from classrooms
and homework. But Ancilla College is trying to make it easier for adult
learners to come and try out college – for free.
Ancilla is offering a free college course to first-time students as part of
the “We Believe in You” program. “We Believe in You” allows any adult,
21-years and older, who has not yet earned any college credits, to take a
class with up to three credit hours at no cost (free tuition and fees).
In addition, all students in the program will have an academic advisor
to assist them with every aspect of attending college for the first time,
including help with the registration process, completing a financial aid
application, choosing education opportunities, and more.
Spring classes begin Jan. 6, 2014 at Ancilla’s campus near Plymouth. “We
Believe in You” was created in 1988 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus
Christ, the religious order that sponsors Ancilla College. “Over 50 people
have taken part in this program,” said Ancilla Admissions Director Eric
“Many of them have gone on to take more classes and several have
completed college degrees. They started with one course to test the waters
and took advantage of the opportunity to restart their education. Adult
students can use the ‘We Believe in You’ grant on top of other financial aid
from federal and state programs to launch a college degree,” Wignall said.
“Taking a college course in writing or computer technology can jump-start
a college degree at any age. Faced with a difficult jobs outlook today I
expect to see more students across Northern Indiana to take that first step
in college and receive up to three credits of coursework for free,” Wignall
For more information on “We Believe in You,” please contact the Ancilla
College Admissions Office at (574) 936-8898.