PALATINE, Ill. - College just got affordable for those seeking a two-year degree. Harper College in Palatine is offering two-year scholarships.
The program begins in the Fall for all incoming Freshman entering from High School.
The students must meet certain criteria to qualify for the two years of free tuition worth about seven thousand dollars under the "Promise Scholarship."
Throughout their high school career students cannot have more than 29 absences, they must maintain a 'C' average, and complete 50 hours of community service, as well as graduate on time.
Once at Harper, the recipients must keep a minimum course load of 15 credits per semester, maintain that 'C' average and complete 40 hours of community service.
Harper College's president Dr. Ken Ender says up to seven thousand students could qualify each year.
Funding for the "Promise Scholarship" is estimated to cost nearly a million dollars a year. The Board of Trustees has set aside five million from the school's general fund to pay for the scholarships from the interest earned. The college also has another one million dollars in donations pledged so far.
There is a kick-off fundraising event on campus at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Palatine.