Detroit Launches Program Offering Free Community College to All Local Students

The program uses private and public funds to cover the difference between any government or scholarship funds a student receives.

A new Detroit program wants to give every student the right to a college education.

The Detroit Promise Zone program launched last week, which will use both private and public funds to cover the cost of community college for every high school student.

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“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a high school senior preparing for college now or a second-grader whose college career is years away,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. “The Detroit Promise will be there to help make a college education a reality.”

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In order to qualify, students must fill out a FAFSA form and are required to have attended a public high school for both their junior and senior years. The city funds will cover the difference between any scholarships or government aid that a student receives.

The city is working to expand the program to cover tuition costs at four-year state universities.

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