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College tuition support programs provide some level of college tuition or financial aid support to students who complete high school, sometimes also requiring a specific GPA level or other criteria. Programs may also include support services to assist students in completing their studies. Examples of these programs include: Graduation Really Achieves Dreams (GRAD), Kalamazoo Promise, Florida Bright Start, Georgia HOPE, Tennessee HOPE, and South Carolina educational lottery.
To date, little evidence is available to demonstrate the effectiveness of such programs. Fashola 1998 cites GRAD as effective in increasing rates of college attendance. IES WWC (Project GRAD) reports evidence of effectiveness of this program on dropout prevention, but reports no discernable effects of Project GRAD on staying in school, progressing in school, or completing school.
Kalamazoo Promise (initiated in 2005 by anonymous donors) has not yet been evaluated extensively. Bartik 2012 provides an overview of short-term outcomes and possible benefits of the Kalamazoo Promise project.
There are numerous examples of college tuition support programs in the US. A few examples are noted here. Started in 2005, the Kalamazoo Promise offers full scholarships (tuition and mandatory fees) to any public college in Michigan for Kalamazoo residents who have completed all of their high school schooling in the city’s public school system. Georgia and Indiana subsidize college tuition through Project Hope, which is merit based, and 21st Century Scholars, targeting low income students. Other programs, such as GRAD, offer smaller set amounts for tuition in a number of states.
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