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Missouri Promise

 

Good grades and community service could mean free tuition for Missouri college and university students if the Missouri Promise plan continues to gain traction. The plan, which would pay tuition and fees for tens of thousands of Missouri college and university students, is rapidly gaining momentum.

Many of Missouri’s two-year colleges have already shown support for Missouri Promise, and its four-year colleges and universities are preparing to make their support for the plan public. Supporters hope to see the plan added to the November 2016 ballot as a state amendment.

Proponents believe that the plan will encourage Missouri’s best students to attend college in state, and to remain in state after graduation. Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel said that, “Missouri Promise is based on the notion that the most powerful thing we can do as a state is invest in our future.” (Source)

According to KOMU.com, Missouri loses a large percentage of its best-performing high school students to out-of-state schools. Even worse, many of those students don’t attend college at all. Only 60% of high school students who earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher attended college or a university in Missouri, they said.

The Missouri Promise plan would encourage high school students to attend school in state by paying their tuition and fees for state colleges and universities. To qualify, students would need to earn a 3.0 GPA in high school, perform community service, and maintain a 3.0 GPA in college.

“Missouri Promise is about creating a culture of expectations, one that includes an element of responsibility for both parents and students. It empowers students early on to work hard, get good grades and demonstrate good citizenship. When we encourage meaningful investment in families, we also make a promise to Missouri employers that we will have a ready supply of high-quality human capital available to compete in the global workforce.” (Source)

Missouri Promise has the potential to be an excellent opportunity for Missouri residents who might not otherwise be able to afford college tuition. We’d love to hear from you: would Missouri Promise help your child to pursue higher education? Leave a comment here or on the Missouri Parent Facebook Page today.

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