North Central State College announced Tuition Freedom Scholarships, which will provide up to an associate degree to every qualifying graduate, from a partner secondary school, who has participated in College Credit Plus (CCP) to continue their education at NC State – tuition free.

Tuition Freedom Scholarships will provide up to an Associate Degree tuition free to every qualifying College Credit Plus or Career Tech student, from a partner secondary school, to continue their education after graduating from high school. Graduates from these institutions need to have completed 6 hours of college-level work and maintained a GPA of 2.5. Each student can earn up to 60 total credits as Tuition Freedom scholars, which is sufficient to complete one of NC State’s certificates or an associate degree in one of 70 areas of study providing career skills, or cost-saving credits to transfer to a four-year institution.

Like all college students, Tuition Freedom participants will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), participate in Orientation, and meet with an advisor. Students from both traditional high schools and technical centers are welcome to participate.

Dr. Dorey Diab, president of North Central State College is excited about the tuition Freedom program, “We feel this is a role we need to play in north central Ohio. We’re serious about raising educational attainment and keeping more of our talented young people here in the area. Tuition freedom can help us do that. I talk with employers who need highly trained workers. Tuition Freedom will help us supply those employees. We hear of students graduating from college with very high amounts of debt. Tuition Freedom will help control those costs for students who want to transfer credit toward an advanced degree.”

On Tuesday, Diab announced the program to superintendents throughout the region. Thursday morning, counselors from more than 30 area schools were given information regarding Tuition Freedom Scholarships, and how they might positively impact students from their schools.

Staff report