Record percentage of students earn Oklahoma’s Promise grant

OKLAHOMA CITY – A record 73.6 percent of high school graduates who enrolled in the college access program Oklahoma’s Promise last year completed the requirements to earn the scholarship.

The Oklahoman reports that 6,024 scholars received the college tuition grant in 2018. More than 80,000 Oklahoma students have enrolled since 1996.

The scholarship covers tuition at public two- and four-year schools or a portion of tuition at private colleges and universities.

Students can enroll in the program from eighth to 10th grades. Their family’s income cannot surpass $55,000 when they enroll or $100,000 when the student starts college.

An Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education report shows 85 percent of the scholarship recipients attend college, compared to 44 percent of high school graduates who weren’t in the program.

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