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EDGE/plEDGE is a college completion program that combines national best practices to support students from onboarding to completion. Giving students an EDGE into higher education, and making a plEDGE to help them complete.
EDGE prepares students for success in college by providing a smooth transition into college life and wrap around support services for two years while students are enrolled at COD. These support services include follow up calls, informational emails, dedicated counseling, financial aid assistance and student success workshops.
To prepare students for their college journey, EDGE provides a summer bridge component that includes a 3-week, fast-paced review of math and English, as well as the resources needed to be a successful college student. Completing the summer bridge program is a requirement to receive free tuition and fees for two years with plEDGE at College of the Desert.
The plEDGE Program provides 2024 high school graduates (or equivalent) from the Coachella Valley* two full years of free tuition and fees at College of the Desert!
To participate in the plEDGE program students are required to:
Complete the summer bridge program in EDGE
Enroll full-time during the Fall and Spring semesters
Maintain good academic standing
Participate in 10 hours of community service, mentoring or internships
Attend a career pathway workshop at the COD Career and Workforce Solutions Center
Submit a FAFSA or Dream Act application that is received by the COD Financial Aid Office and have a completed financial aid file by December 16, 2024. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a hold on the students account as well as the student being responsible for their tuition and fees. 2022 plEDGE students must have a completed financial aid file by December 16, 2023.