The transition from high school to college can be difficult, but Central Penn College is about to make it easier.
The college will begin offering free housing to freshman and first-year transfer students, beginning in July.
“Colleges are doing a great job at providing accessibility to gaining entrance into college, but we don’t really think about what students have to pay for when they get here,” Central Penn president Linda Fedrizzi-Williams said.
“If a student is trying to think about how they’re going to live day to day, how could they possibly focus on their academics?”
To be eligible, students must attend full-time, remain in good academic and financial standing, and avoid disciplinary issues.
“We’re trying to do everything that we can to make it a seamless transition from high school to college, so if that means helping you pay for your room that first year, we’re happy to do that,” Central Penn spokesman Curtis Voelker said.
Fedrizzi-Williams said no fees will be increased to pay for the free room.
“We know if they’re successful in that first year and continue for that first year, their chances of graduating increase dramatically,” she said.