13 new grads earn degrees from GraduLet program

HOUSTON Thirteen graduates of Harmony Public Schools’ GraduLet college completion program received their college degrees Jan. 21 at a celebratory luncheon in Houston.

Introduced by Harmony in 2020 initially for its alumni and staff, GraduLet is a program now available to any Texas resident who previously has been unable to complete their college degree. At no cost, GraduLet provides students with no-cost support in matching with an online university, help in securing financial aid, and long-term college and career counseling through graduation day.

GraduLet also provides support to its students from start to finish. A one-on-one coach is assigned to each student who provides guidance to choose a program, complete their college application, and access financial aid. Roughly 75 percent of GraduLet students have received their college degree at zero out-of-pocket cost, due to Pell Grants and other funding sourced through GraduLet.

Once a student is accepted, GraduLet coaches provide daily support in balancing school and life to maximize the number of credits they can earn in their dedicated school time.

“Each of these graduates has their own personal story about what finally earning their college degree means to them, and the struggles they’ve overcome to make it to this day,” Rasid Avsar, director of GraduLet said in a news release. “We’re grateful to have the opportunity to support those dreams and the dreams of so many others through GraduLet, and we can’t wait to see what opportunities await our graduates next.”

The GraduLet program is closely aligned with Harmony’s 2025 strategic goal of helping 80 percent of its alumni attain four-year college degrees within six years of high school graduation.

GraduLet is now accepting applications for the March 2023 term. To learn more or apply, visit gradulet.org/enroll.

Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year for students at harmonytx.org/apply and team members harmonytx.org/careers.