College Reach Out Program (CROP)


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HCC's College Reach-Out Program is a state grant funded through the Florida Department of Education Office of Equity and Access. The CROP program is designed to increase the number or educationally and economically disadvantaged high school and middle school students who will enroll in college upon graduation from high school.

The College Reach-Out Program serves students in grades 6 through 12 who are eligible for or receiving free or reduced lunch. CROP students receive counseling, information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. The program employs certified high school and middle school teachers to provide instruction to students on one of HCC’s campuses during the Summer Academic Enrichment Program and the Saturday Enrichment Program during the school year.  

CROP has four goals: 
1. Motivate students to pursue a postsecondary education
2. Enhance students’ basic learning, skills, and performance
3. Strengthen students' and parents’ understanding of the benefits of postsecondary education
4. Foster academic, personal, and career development through supplemental instruction

Who should apply?

  • Students must attend a school in Hillsborough County.
  • Students must be in the 6-12 grade.
  • Students must meet the economic and academic eligibility criteria as defined by the Florida Department of Education.

How to apply -
Please submit a completed CROP application with the following documentation:

  • A copy of the most recent report card or transcript,(High school students can submit a copy of their Cumulative Summary Report)
  • A copy of the birth certificate,
  • A copy of the Free/Reduced lunch letter,
  • An essay stating your college and career goals. Middle school applicant essay should be 100 words and high school applicant essay should be 200 words.