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Posted on May 25, 2016

MATC hopes free tuition program will help local students ‘see that college is possible’

MATC hopes free tuition program will help local students ‘see that college is possible’

 

By Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal

Hundreds of low-income high school students across south-central Wisconsin could attend Madison Area Technical College without paying for tuition under a new program that officials hope will help more young people see that college is open to them.

Next fall’s class of high school seniors will be the first group of students eligible for the MATC Scholars of Promise program. If they meet income limits, have a 2.25 GPA and keep an attendance rate higher than 80 percent their senior year, MATC will pay for whatever costs from tuition and fees the students’ scholarships don’t cover for up to three years.

The program will be open to students in the MATC district, which includes nearly all of Dane County and parts of 11 others. MATC estimates it could help about 350 students afford college each year.

Officials have been organizing Scholars of Promise, which was originally called Madison Promise and is modeled on similar free-tuition programs at community and technical colleges across the country, for several months. They will hold a press conference officially announcing it on Tuesday. Read more …