Grand Rapids graduates get free tuition at community college

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship covers tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and attend a local high school for at least three years.

A student who lives in Grand Rapids and spends two years at a high school would get a 50% scholarship. The program covers graduates of 22 public and private schools in the city.

The scholarship can be used to earn up to 60 credit hours at GRCC and includes tuition, fees, books and course materials.

“The Promise Zone is a game-changer because it eliminates financial hurdles as well as provides a clear pathway to quality education,” college president Bill Pink said.

GRCC is contributing $500,000.

“Anonymous donors have agreed to provide sufficient upfront funding to enable us to raise $3 million over the next five years,” Promise Zone said on its website.