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Promise Pays Off for Chicago High School Seniors

Monday, January 27, 2014

UChicago Promise is the University of Chicago’s pledge to help increase college access and readiness for Chicago high school students. It marks a strong investment in the University’s long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for Chicago’s students, offering additional resources and support for those interested in attending the University of Chicago or other selective, liberal arts colleges.

University of Chicago received 1,193 applications – nearly 50 percent year-over-year increase – after last year’s implementation of the UChicago Promise program, which allows Chicago high school students to apply without paying fees and receive a guarantee they will graduate without debt.

Seventy-three high school students from Chicago have enrolled in the university since the program launched, and U of C obtained a $2.2 million grant for those students.

In the program’s first year, the university granted 31 full-tuition scholarships to applicants from public Chicago high schools and 14 full-tuition scholarships to the children of Chicago police officers and firefighters.


Sources:

University of Chicago

DNinfo Chicago