States That Offer Tuition-Free College
<div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">California Promise</span></b></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">About the program:</span></b><span style="font-size:16px;"> The new legislation signed into law in October 2017 expands tuition waivers for residents who attend </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:16px;">in-state community colleges</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">. The program goes into effect during the 2018-2019 school year. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Under the program, students can only receive a tuition waiver for one academic year. </span></div><div><br></div><div><b>Who qualifies:</b> New students enrolled full time who are residents of the Golden State are eligible. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Nevada Promise Scholarship</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>About the program: </b>Introduced in fall 2017, the Nevada Promise Scholarship covers tuition and class fees for qualifying students at participating </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:16px;">community colleges</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Who qualifies:</b> Students graduating from a Nevada high school are eligible. To qualify, students need to apply for federal financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit a Nevada Promise Scholarship application. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Students must also complete 20 hours of community service. </span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Excelsior Scholarship</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>About the program: </b>Introduced in 2017, the program covers tuition for in-state undergraduates who attend a public two- or four-year school in New York. While tuition is covered, students will have to pay fees that their respective college charges. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Who qualifies:</b> The program is based on income. A student whose family earned $100,000 or less in 2017 qualifies. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Each New York public institution sets the GPA requirements for eligibility. In addition, students must live and work in New York for a number of years after graduation or otherwise repay the scholarship money.</span></div><div><br></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Tennessee Promise</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>About the program:</b> A model for many states, this last-dollar program started in fall 2015. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">The Tennessee Promise covers the remaining balance for tuition and fees, after federal and state aid, at </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:16px;">two-year postsecondary programs</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Who qualifies: </b>Tennessean high school students who obtain their degree before age 19 are eligible. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Students must enroll full time and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. They must also complete eight hours of community service each term.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Rhode Island Promise </b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>About the program: </b>Signed into law in 2017, this is a last-dollar program. In-state residents who meet the requirements can receive a tuition scholarship at one of three campuses for the </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:16px;">Community College of Rhode Island</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Who qualifies:</b> High school graduates or GED recipients under age 19 are eligible. Students need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and apply to CCRI.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Students must be enrolled full time and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Oregon Promise</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>About the program: </b>This is one of the older state promise programs for</span><a href=""><span style="font-size:16px;"> tuition-free community college</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">. Introduced in fall 2016, Oregon Promise is a state grant program that covers tuition costs at public two-year colleges for some students.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Who qualifies:</b> As of December 2017, eligibility is limited to students from families with an </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:16px;">expected family contribution</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;"> of $20,000 or less. An EFC is calculated from the FAFSA and is the total a family is expected to contribute toward the cost of attendance.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Other requirements include being a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient. High school grads must have earned at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA.</span></div>
<div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program</span></b></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">About the program: </span></b><span style="font-size:16px;">This is a last-dollar state grant that covers tuition and fees for students from certain income levels. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">The grant was introduced for the 2016-2017 school year, and it is in its final year as a pilot program.</span></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Who qualifies:</span></b><span style="font-size:16px;"> In-state students who meet the income guidelines – $90,000 or less in 2015, for example – are eligible. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Students must hold a diploma from a Minnesota high school or have passed the GED exam as a Minnesotan. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">This program only covers qualifying occupations, so students must study in an approved field, such as nursing or accounting.</span></div><div><br></div><div><br></div> Login - ThingLink
<div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship </span></b></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">About the program: </span></b><span style="font-size:16px;">Introduced during the 2017-2018 school year, the program provides tuition assistance to Kentucky students entering certain two-year degree programs. One approved field, for example, is earning a certificate as a bricklayer helper.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">The program only provides tuition assistance for 32 credit hours at a </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:16px;">two-year college</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">.</span></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Who qualifies:</span></b><span style="font-size:16px;"> Kentucky residents who are U.S. citizens and have earned a high school or GED diploma are eligible.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">To be eligible, students must complete the FAFSA and submit a WRKS application. While in school, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher</span>.</div>
<div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Montana Promise Grant Program</span></b></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">About the program: </span></b><span style="font-size:16px;">Signed into law in 2017, the grant is a last-dollar program for students pursuing an associate degree or professional credential.</span></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Who qualifies: </span></b><span style="font-size:16px;">Residents with a GED diploma or who graduated from a high school with at least a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Students must be enrolled at least half time at an in-state institution. </span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Arkansas Future Grant</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>About the program:</b> The grant, also known as ArFuture, covers the last-dollar amount for certain fields of study at the associate level. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Who qualifies:</b> Students must either have completed their high school education or equivalent in Arkansas or have resided in the state for three consecutive years. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">To maintain the grant, students must complete 15 hours of community service each semester. Another caveat: Recipients must reside and work in Arkansas for at least three years after they earn their associate degree; otherwise, the grant is converted into a loan. </span></div><div><br></div><div><br></div>
<div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">SEED, Student Excellence Equals Degree</span></b></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">About the program: </span></b><span style="font-size:16px;">Delaware’s SEED scholarship awarded its first funds to community college students in 2007. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">SEED is a last-dollar program, limited to recent Delaware high school graduates. In 2016, lawmakers proposed expanding the program to all community college students, but the proposal was never enacted into law.</span></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Who qualifies:</span></b><span style="font-size:16px;"> In-state Delaware high school graduates who enter the program after graduation are eligible.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">This last-dollar scholarship is available to qualifying student at all four community college campuses in Delaware.</span></div><div><br></div>
<div><b>Maryland Community College Scholarship</b></div><div><br></div><div><b>About the program:</b></div><div><br></div><div>Signed into law in 2018, this program provides tuition assistance for students who qualify based on household income. The program provides up to $5,000 annually to students after scholarships and grants to attend an in-state two-year college.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Who qualifies:</b> Maryland residents who are from two-parent households that earn less than $150,000 a year; the income threshold for single-parent households is $100,000. </div><div><br></div><div>To be eligible, students must complete the FAFSA, meet in-state tuition requirments and earn at least a 2.3 high school GPA among other criteria. </div><div><br></div><div>Students must have also graduated from high school or earned their GED within the last two years.</div>
<div><b>Oklahoma's Promise</b></div><div><br></div><div><b>About the program: </b>Created in 1992, the program assists low-income families in the state with college tuition scholarships. </div><div><br></div><div><b>Who qualifies:</b> Students who are residents and enrolled in the 8th, 9th and 10th grade at an Oklahoma school. To qualify, a student's family must make less than $55,000 a year. </div>
<div><b>A+ Scholarship</b></div><div><br></div><div><b>About the program: </b>Introduced in the early 1990s, this scholarship program assists Missouri resident who graduate from designated high schools and attend public community or career colleges.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Who qualifies:</b> Students need to complete high school with at least a 2.5 GPA among other criteria, such as 50 hours of unpaid mentoring work. </div>
<div>21st Century Scholars </div><div><br></div><div><b>About the program: </b>Introduced in 1990, this is a last dollar program for in-state students. Under the program, residents can receive up to four year of undergraduate tuition at a participating Indiana college or university. </div><div><br></div><div><b>Who qualifies:</b> Student must earn at least a 2.5 GPA in high school and take other steps, such as complete Indiana's Core 40 diploma.</div>
<div><b>The Hawai'i Promise Scholarship</b></div><div><br></div><div><b>About the program:</b> A last dollar program introduced in 2017 that meets unmet need for students.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Who qualifies: </b>Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester in the University of Hawaii system and not hold a bachelor's degree. Other requirements include completing the FAFSA and be an in-state resident.</div>
<div><b>College Bound Scholarship Washington</b></div><div><br></div><div><b>About the program: </b>The program was created to assist students from low-income households. </div><div><br></div><div><b>Who qualifies: </b>To be eligible, students whose family meets the income requirements as in need of financial aid according to the student's financial aid application. Student must also sign and complete an application to join the program during the 8th grade.</div>

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