Go to college for free

Want to go to college for free?  Well if you live in New Haven, Connecticut that may very well be possible.  City and school officials said that a new program would offer to pay eligible students’ way through any public college or university in Connecticut. The program, called New Haven Promise, is partially funded by Yale University.

A new program for graduates of Arkadelphia High School (Arkadelphia, Arkansas) will pay the will pay the difference between the Arkansas lottery scholarship (which is $5,000 for four-year schools and $2,500 for two-year schools) and the cost of tuition and fees at public schools in Arkansas.  Called the "Arkadelphia Promise" it goes into effect for the class of 2011.  The program is funded by the Ross Foundation, and Southern Bancorp.

Students living in El Dorado, Arkansas may now have a way to pay for their college education.  A program called the "El Dorado Promise" covers tuition and mandatory fees. It can be used at any accredited two- or four-year, public or private educational institution in the US.  The program will pay an amount up to the highest resident tuition at an Arkansas public university.  The program is sponsored by the Murphy Oil Corporation.

As part of a partnership between "town" and "gown" Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) has established a full-tuition scholarship for graduates of Oberlin High School who are admitted to the college.  The program was established in the fall of 2001 and is called the "Oberlin Public Schools-Oberlin College Partnership".

Massachusetts public high school students may be entitled to four full years of tuition-free enrollment at any Massachusetts state college or university with the John and Abigail Adams scholarships provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In order to qualify the students must score at the Advanced and Proficient levels on Grade 10 (sophomore year) MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan?  Then you may be eligible for a free tuition scholarship to attend any public State of Michigan University or Community College.  If you arrived in Kalamazoo later in life, don’t worry, if you attend all four years of high school there, you can be eligible for a 65% scholarship.  The program is called the Kalamazoo Promise and is funded by a group of anonymous donors.

Free tuition is offered to Oklahoma students who take college prep courses and maintain a 2.5 GPA in those courses.  The program, called Oklahoma’s Promise, pays full tuition at public colleges and universities.  It will also pay a portion of tuition at private schools.  Family income must be under $50,000.