Michigan allowing more communities to become Promise Zones

Up to 15 communities in Michigan now have the chance to become “Promise Zones,” areas of the state where local students are ensured access to college scholarships. SB 98, signed into law in November, increased the reach of a program that has been in place since 2008. Prior to the new law, the number of communities was limited to 10.

One of the new Promise Zone communities will be Flint, where private donations already have been raised. According to mlive.com, three local postsecondary schools will award tuition-free scholarships to Flint students beginning with the high school graduating class of 2018.

Under the state law, a community must provide enough funding to cover the tuition costs of Promise Zone students to at least obtain an associate’s degree. These local financial-assistance plans also can go further and cover the costs of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. For local communities that successfully raise the scholarship money, Michigan then provides extra assistance, using a portion of annual growth in state education property taxes within the Promise Zone.
According to the College Board, average yearly tuition and fees to attend a four-year public university vary from state to state in the Midwest — a high of $13,621 among Illinois’ schools and a low of $8,197 in North Dakota.
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