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applyApplication Process

We are now accepting applications for the Free Minds Class of 2015-16! You can complete your application online by clicking here, or you can download a printable version of the application here.

For your application to be considered complete, you will be asked to write a 300-500 word essay on the following topic: Describe yourself, your interests and goals, and why you would like to be part of the Free Minds class. Discuss how you would contribute to the class and what you want to do or be able to do after completing it. There will be a space provided for this essay in the application.

Our application deadline is July 6, 2015. Applications will be reviewed in to determine if your needs match the program’s goals. Applicants under consideration will be contacted in late June and early July to discuss next steps.


Interested in Becoming a Student?

Every year, Free Minds students come from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and cultural experiences. Free Minds classes are made up of students who have never been to college and those who have been to college, but did not complete a degree. In each year’s class are students already passionate about reading and writing and students who are being introduced to the humanities for the very first time; students with families and students living on their own; retirees and recent high school graduates. There is no “perfect” Free Minds student, but students who complete the program share at least one thing in common: enthusiasm for and commitment to education!


Students Receive

  • a nine month (two semester) college class in humanities
  • six college credits from ACC upon successful completion of the course
  • free tuition, books, and hot meals on class nights
  • instruction from leading UT and ACC professors
  • practice writing and speaking in a supportive academic environment
  • free quality childcare through Creative Action
  • individual case management with a licensed clinical social worker
  • visits to museums, theater performances, and special classes with authors, artists, and scholars
  • financial aid instruction, college fairs, and dedicated ACC advising
  • invitations to monthly alumni programs and writing workshops after graduation


Am I Eligible?

Eligible applicants must

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have demonstrated financial need
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • be able to read challenging books in English
  • not yet have a college degree and not have been enrolled in a degree-seeking program within the past two years
  • make a commitment to attend class regularly and complete all assignments


Still have questions? Visit our Applicants’ FAQ page.



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