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September 20, 2017

9/9/2017 7:28:00 AM
Nicolet Promise tuition assistance available to eligible recent high school graduates

Nicolet College is now accepting applications for its popular Nicolet Promise program and looking to build on the success of the program's first two years, which saw 57 recent high school graduates from the area enroll at Nicolet tuition-free.

"The Nicolet Promise program has made college a reality for many who previously may have thought college was out of their reach financially," Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erika Warning said in a press release.

"We're excited to offer the program for a third year and keep the door open as wide as possible for recent high school graduates to earn the college education that will help them get ahead in life."

The Promise program is available to anyone who graduated from high school in 2016 or 2017 or expects to in spring of 2018. Those earning a GED or HSED in those years are also eligible.

The current application period is for individuals planning to attend Nicolet in the fall of 2018.

To qualify, prospective students must be eligible for federal Pell grants which is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Nicolet Promise picks up the balance of any remaining tuition and fees after federal and state aid has been applied.

The program will cover this cost for four semesters and up to 15 credits per semester over and above what is paid for by financial aid.

"Many individuals are reluctant to attend college because they do not want to be saddled with student loan debt," Warning added. "The Nicolet Promise directly addresses that concern."

The program also aims to encourage young adults to stay in the Northwoods at a time when many leave seeking opportunity elsewhere.

"The chance to earn a tuition-free college education is a huge incentive for young adults to stay in the region," she said. "The skills they will learn are in high demand across the Northwoods. Our hope and goal is for these students to graduate and start careers that are financially and personally rewarding in area communities."

Individuals interested in Nicolet Promise must apply to Nicolet and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2018. The online application is available at

For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and other application deadlines, visit

Nicolet Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock said the Nicolet Promise is made possible by generous donors financially supporting students through their gifts to the Nicolet College Foundation and ongoing fundraising efforts.

"All of our donors have a great deal of faith in students attending Nicolet and want to do whatever they can so everyone who wants a college education has the opportunity to earn a college education," she said.

Individuals interested in attending Nicolet are encouraged to make an appointment with a Career Coach by calling (715) 365-4451, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4451, TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711.

Based in Rhinelander, Nicolet College serves all of Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties and portions of Lincoln, Langlade and Iron counties.

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