Free Ride at Yale

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 10:10am

University teams up with city of New Haven to provide free tuition to qualifying students.

The incentive to go to public high school in New Haven, Connecticut just increased.

Yale University will provide free tuition to public school graduates with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

They must also have a 90 percent attendance rate, a record of good behavior and at least 40 hours of community service.

The program will be phased in over the next four years, with the Class of 2014 being the first class eligible for 100 percent free tuition.

This is part of a program called New Haven Promise, in which Yale will pay certain students' full tuition to any Connecticut public college or university and will give up to $2,500 yearly toward tuition at any private university in Connecticut, including Yale.

The National League of Cities has seen programs emerging across the country that follow the model of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation in New York and the Promise model used in Kalamazoo.

Programs, which exist in Detroit, Denver, Pittsburgh, Kalamazoo, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas are mostly new, so it is too early to know the results, but this is viewed as a positive way to keep students in school.

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