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