CHICAGO — The City Colleges of Chicago has long been the place for students to get a good education for a reasonable price. Now they are expanding a program that will allow students to go for free and then transfer to four year colleges.
A thousand CPS graduates are pursing degrees at City Colleges of Chicago free of charge. After their community college time, these students will get a chance to transfer to public and private four-year institutions. It’s called the STAR Scholarship.
Today, three new schools singed on to the Chicago Star partnership; Dominican University, Robert Morris and Northwestern bringing the total number of university partners to 15.
“Northwestern and other places of higher learning in the city are partnering to make sure cost is not the factor but the ability to make sure that you study hard will be the ability to be able to go on,” Mayor Emanuel said today.
In fact, Northwestern is offering City Colleges transfer students up to $50,000 annually for two years.
Since the program serves Chicago Public Schools students it benefits mostly minority and low income students. With scores of minorities leaving Chicago for other cities, Mayor Emanuel is hoping blacks and Hispanics take advantage of the program.
“Affordability of college or higher education for children is a major pressure point on family budgets,” he said. “And the ability to be able to say we’re the only city in the United States where if you get a B average in high school community college is free. We’re going to be able to retain all stripes across the city.”