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Did you know that recent high school grads in Durham (actually residents in all of North Carolina) can take 2 years of classes at Durham Technical Community College free of charge? For many, earning a 2-year Associates Degree has been key to landing the jobs they were pursuing. And of course, students can also choose to transfer to a 4-year college or university on their way to earning Bachelor’s and advanced degrees.

So, class of 2021 and 2022 high school graduates can have their tuitions covered by Durham Tech, and this offer is also extended to high-school-equivalency (GED) earners, those who got their Adult High School diplomas, and home-schoolers who have completed their coursework. Please note that, although tuition costs will be taken care of, students could still be responsible for paying for class materials, such as books and other supplies.

Here are the eligibility requirements (as taken from Durham Tech’s website:


  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school or earn a high school equivalency in 2021 or 2022

  • Be admitted to a Durham Tech credit program

  • Be a first-time college student. Students who participated in Career and College Promise and Early/Middle College High School are eligible

  • Complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); click here (Durham Tech’s school code is 005448)

  • Be a resident of North Carolina as determined by the Residency Determination Service (RDS); click here

  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the Fall 2022 semester

  • Enroll in at least six credit hours

  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 - $15,000.  (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination) 

  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirement; click here.


APlus Test Prep & Academic Services will present an SAT Prep Preview and Strategy Session on Thursday, August 4, 6:30pm, at 3500 Westgate Dr (Suite 403). During this free session, high school students can learn more about the next comprehensive SAT test, which can help determine who gets college scholarships and financial-aid opportunities. Click here for more info and to register.


Durham Public Schools’ next Work Session will be held on Thursday, August 11, 5:30–8:30pm, in the Fuller Administration Building (511 Cleveland St, Room 307), and the next Regular Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 25. If you’d like to address the school board, you’ll have 3 minutes for comments; you can sign up when you arrive. (Don’t forget your face mask.) Please note that the elevator is out of order, so DPS will provide a live video feed on the main floor of the Fuller Building (it’s accessible by wheelchair ramp). You’ll still be able to make public statements.


If you’d like to submit a public comment but can’t attend in person, you can fill out this form. You can also watch on cable DPS channel 4 or on YouTube.


Empowered Minds Academy (311 Oakwood Ave) will hold an lnformation Session on Tuesday, August 16, 11am–noon. Learn about the mission, philosophy, and beliefs about this school that offers the authentic Montessori model (for ages 4–6) and the Learner-Driven Environment (for ages 7–10). Click here to visit the website and learn more about the school.

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Durham Public Schools’ DPS Family Academy will start up again when school starts. Speakers provide helpful information and tips for parents/grands/caregivers of DPS students to help them thrive in the school environment. Follow the DPS Family Academy on Facebook.

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