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Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship Strengthens Private Tuition Aid Package
OKLAHOMA CITY – Students across the state are taking advantage of the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program earning free tuition at public colleges and universities, but a lesser known benefit of the State Regents for Higher Education program is the value it provides for students who choose to attend private universities. Students enrolled in Oklahoma’s Promise receive $110 per credit hour toward their tuition at private colleges in Oklahoma. Denise Flis, Oklahoma City University senior director of student financial services, said the tuition assistance is an excellent resource toward paying tuition. “It’s a good way to help fill the gap in addition to other financial aid,” Flis said. “Building a package of scholarship, grant and loan opportunities is a good way to plan for college.” Oklahoma’s Promise is available to eighth, nine and 10th grade students who meet program requirements. Students whose families earn less than $50,000 at the time of enrollment, or less than $100,000 beginning with the 2012-13 school year, are eligible. Once enrolled, students must take courses contained in the Oklahoma’s Promise curriculum, keep their grade point averages up, stay drug and alcohol free and follow other college preparatory guidelines from the state regents office. Currently, 143 students at Oklahoma City University receive funding from Oklahoma’s Promise. For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise, visit www.okhighered.org/okpromise.