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PRESIDENT OBAMA HIGHLIGHTS CHICAGO STAR SCHOLARSHIP AS A NATIONAL MODEL FOR FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Chicago’s New Community College Program Put in Spotlight by President during State of the Union

In his State of the Union address focused on middle class economics on Tuesday, President Barack Obama highlighted the Chicago Star Scholarship as a national model for the new federal proposal to provide free community college to students across the country. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Chicago Star Scholarship last October to provide Chicago Public School (CPS) students with the opportunity to earn their associates degree at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) with no out-of-pocket costs.

Through the Chicago Star Scholarship, CCC will provide scholarships in the form of tuition, fee and book waivers to qualifying high school graduates.

“I applaud President Obama for looking to our Chicago Star Scholarship as a national model for providing free community college for students willing to put in the hard work so they can reach the middle class,” said Mayor Emanuel. “A college education should depend on a student’s capacity to perform, not their ability to pay. The Chicago Star Scholarship and the proposed federal plan will together break down financial barriers and make sure that a quality college education and a successful future is within their reach.”

Any CPS high school graduate who has a 3.0 GPA or higher, places into college-level math and English, and enrolls in one of CCC’s pathways will be eligible for the Chicago Star Scholarship. The pathway program helps students navigate the educational system and encourages them to focus on a clear career path and achieve their goals. Students will be required to first complete the FAFSA to apply for financial aid. After application of federal and state financial aid grants, CCC will provide waivers to cover tuition, fees, and books for up to three years.

By starting at CCC, high school students can save significantly on the cost of a bachelor’s degree. Students who complete the first two years of college at one of the seven City Colleges and then transfer to a four-year institution can save up to $40,000 on the cost of a bachelor’s degree. CCC has transfer and articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities to simplify the transfer process and ensure students maximize their time and money.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.ccc.edu/starscholarship.