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Alternatives for Individual Development (A.I.D)

The Alternatives for Individual Development Program (A.I.D.) is an alternative admissions program at Worcester State University which provides educational assistance for students who may require support services in order to succeed in college.

The primary focus is during freshman year, however, the program requires a minimum participation of two academic semesters, designed by the program staff and based on individual assessment. Other services will be provided to students throughout their undergraduate experience, including academic assistance, individualized or group tutoring, assistance with financial problems and cultural enrichment.

The program actively recruits students who show motivation and desire to succeed in higher education. Included in this category are ALANA, low-income and first generation students.

In order to be eligible, students must be incoming freshmen, meet minimal admissions requirements, be a Massachusetts resident and a U.S. citizen and/or permanent legal resident.

When completing your Worcester State University application, answer “yes” to Question 18 “I wish to be considered for admission to the Alternatives for Individual Development Program.” Letters of recommendation from guidance counselors and high school teachers are needed to complete the application file. In some cases an interview may be required.

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at Worcester State University is designed to encourage eligible high school students to persist in school through graduation and to seek a postsecondary education.

The Program actively recruits students who show motivation and desire to succeed and who are college bound. Included in these categories are: first generation, minority and low income students.

Services include: college visits, workshops and seminars in college admissions and financial aid assistance, career counseling, individualized or group tutoring and cultural enrichment activities.

The Program has two main components—the Saturday component and the summer residential academy.



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