The mission of the Road to Independence, Success, and Excellence program, better known as RISE, is to increase the graduation rate of students using the Florida Department of Children and Families Tuition and Fee Exemption and students using the Homeless Fee Exemption, as well as to enhance their overall academic experience.

The RISE program is housed at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus but serves all 11 SPC locations.

While all students utilizing the DCF and Homeless exemptions are welcome to reach out to RISE for support, students who formally apply to become a “Rising Titan” (beginning Fall 2021) will have access to additional benefits such as:

  • One-on-one success coaching with the RISE Program Coordinator
  • Free printing
  • Textbook and supplies assistance
  • Exploratory opportunities such as alternative spring break, study abroad, service-learning, and field trips
  • Leadership development through internships, job shadowing, and community service
  • Professional mentorship
  • Peer support – big/little matching

RISE Program Contact

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Dr. Althea Blake, Program Coordinator
Email: Blake.Althea@spcollege.edu
Office Hours (SP/Gibbs - SA 128A): Tuesday and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you are a student, you may click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blake.

General support through RISE is available NOW.

Program Eligibility:

  • Must have an approved DCF Tuition & Fee Exemption or Homeless Exemption on file at St. Petersburg College.
  • Must commit to group and individual programming throughout your tenure at SPC. (see requirements below)

Program Requirements:

  • Meet with the RISE Program Coordinator at least once a month.
  • Attend all RISE student success workshops.
  • Meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester.
  • Participate in at least one community service opportunity a semester.
  • Complete at least 1 hour of tutoring/study hall weekly. (mandatory only for students with GPA below 2.5)
  • Earn a term GPA of 2.0 or above.

You may apply to become a “Rising Titan” during any term enrolled at SPC.

Ready to RISE? Apply to RISE

RISE Spring 2021 Orientation – Friday, January 29th, at 1:30pm.

Links to join RISE events will automatically be emailed to students using the DCF or Homeless exemptions.  If you do not receive a link but would like to attend, email Dr. Blake at Blake.Althea@spcollege.edu.

RISE Spring 2021 Orientation - Jan. 27

RISE Student Success Workshops

(All workshops are held on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.)

  • SPC Resources - Feb. 3 
  • Be Involved. Be Titan Strong! - Feb. 24
  • Exploring Community Resources - March 10
  • Life After SPC - April 7
  • Rising Titans Graduation Celebration - April 28

It is recommended that you bookmark this page.

For students in and from foster care:

How to submit your waiver to SPC:

  1. In your first semester at SPC, you must email your valid and signed DCF Form CF-FSP 5220 (DCF Tuition and Fee Exemption) to Sandy Albright.
  2. Once you have submitted your valid signed DCF Form CF-FSP 5220 to SPC and you are enrolled in classes for the term, complete SPC’s Department of Children and Families Tuition and Fee Exemption for 2020-21 enrollment form. You only need to submit your waiver ONCE; however, you are required to complete this form each term thereafter and every time you add/drop/change a class.

For additional information, view Tuition Waiver information provided by SPC Financial Aid. If you do not have access to your tuition waiver, you can contact DCF directly at 1-844-ILYOUTH (1-844-459-6884) to inquire about obtaining a copy.

For students experiencing or facing homelessness:

How to submit your waiver to SPC:

  1. Complete the Certification of Homelessness Once the form is completed by the agency or the person assisting you, it will route to SPC for review.
  2. Complete the Homeless Fee Exemption Enrollment Form; this allows SPC to place the waiver on your student account if it is approved. If you change your enrollment, complete the Homeless Fee Exemption Enrollment form AGAIN.

    For additional information, view Homeless Fee Exemption information provided by SPC Financial Aid.