Detroit makes community college free

On Tuesday, Detroit launched a program that would make sure any high school senior who is accepted into one of the five community colleges in Detroit will not have to pay tuition to attend college.

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On Tuesday, the Detroit Promise Zone program officially launched, with funds to cover the tuition to come from a private scholarship foundation until 2018, when some of the money will begin to come from property taxes that have already been marked for the program.

“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. The Detroit Promise will be there to help make a college education a reality,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.

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The mayor went on to say that he hopes the program will one day be able to cover four-year tuition for state schools as well.

Eligible students must complete their junior and senior years at a public, private or charter high school in Detroit. They will also be required to fill out a FAFSA form, though the program will not base the funds on how much money their parents make. Instead, the program will make up the difference of what is not covered in any financial aid and scholarships the student receives.

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