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Program makes college reality for low-income students

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More than 85,000 high school graduates have benefited from Oklahoma's Promise scholarship since the progtram began three decades ago. The program allows qualifying students whose families earn at most $55,000 annually an opportunity to receive free tuition at an Oklahoma college or university. [Oklahoman Archives]
More than 85,000 high school graduates have benefited from Oklahoma's Promise scholarship since the progtram began three decades ago. The program allows qualifying students whose families earn at most $55,000 annually an opportunity to receive free tuition at an Oklahoma college or university. [Oklahoman Archives]

Oklahoma’s Promise has come a long way in helping low-income students achieve a college degree since the tuition scholarship program’s inception almost three decades ago.

More than 85,000 high school graduates have received the scholarship during that time, according to the Oklahoma’s Promise 2017-18 Year End Report. The program, which is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, allows qualifying students whose families earn at most $55,000 annually an opportunity to receive free tuition.

Further, 73.6 percent of students in the program’s 2018 graduating class completed the rigorous high school academic requirements to earn the scholarship, the highest level in its history.

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