Community College of Philadelphia is offering an important new anti-poverty initiative designed to put more Philadelphians on the path to success at CCP. The program, named the Octavius Catto Scholarship, aims to make the transformative power of education available to students by providing funding and additional supports.
Combining last-dollar funding with special wrap-around support services, the program will address obstacles like tuition and fees as well as burdens that hit many Philadelphians – especially those living in poverty – particularly hard, including costs associated with food, transportation and books.
Eligible first-time, full-time students will receive last-dollar funding for up to three years, enhanced coaching and advising, and support for food, transportation and books.
Catto Scholars will receive both tuition support as well as many academic resources and services, such as:
- Support toward the cost of books, food, and transportation
- Career coaches and advisors to help them stay on track
- Connection to existing resources like affordable housing, childcare, and other services
Who is eligible for the Catto Scholarship?
The Catto Scholarship draws from national best practices, especially New York City’s CUNY model called Accelerated Study in Associates Programs or CUNY ASAP. The students who benefit the most from such programs are incoming full-time students without any college experience. Starting in the Spring 2021 semester, students who meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for all supports of the Catto Scholarship (last-dollar tuition, basic needs support, enhanced academic and career coaching, and enhanced connection to services). Once you have applied to the College and completed FAFSA, if you have further questions, please contact us by email.
To become a Catto Scholar, new, first-time Community College of Philadelphia students must:
Have a high school diploma, Commonwealth Diploma or GED from:
Any high school located in Philadelphia (public, charter, private, parochial)
Pennsylvania state cyber charter
Attend Community College of Philadelphia full time (12+ credits per term)
Be Philadelphia resident for at least 12 months
Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year* and document an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $8,000 or less
Enter college ready or one level below college ready in English and/or Math
* Accommodations will be made for undocumented students. Complete the CollegeBoard EFC calculator. Send a screenshot of the Results page here for review.
How to Apply
If you are ready to take advantage of this scholarship opportunity, your first step is to apply to Community College of Philadelphia. All admission applications will be reviewed for eligibility for the Octavius Catto Scholarship. If it appears you meet the eligibility requirements, the College will send you an email outlining next steps after we have had the opportunity to review your completed admission application. Please note that filing a FAFSA is an eligibility requirement, so if you have not already done so, please submit your FAFSA.