11/16/2019 7:30:00 AM Nicolet Promise tuition assistance now available to eligible high school grads
Nicolet College is now accepting applications for its Nicolet Promise program which so far has paved the way for more than 50 students to attend college tuition-free.
"The Nicolet Promise puts college within reach for many recent high school graduates who otherwise may not have been able to attend college," Nicolet Dean of Enrollment Erika Warning-Meyer said in a press release. "This program creates the opportunity for eligible students to learn the skills they need for successful careers."
Miranda Maney started at Nicolet three years ago. This spring she'll graduate with two associate's degrees, one in alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) and the second in human services, made possible with financial support from the Nicolet Promise program. After graduation she plans on starting a career helping others in the Northwoods.
"It was very encouraging to know that I had the college behind me, supporting me," Maney said. "I'm really excited to see what my future holds, thanks to the Promise program and the Nicolet College Foundation."
To be eligible, students must have graduated from high school or have earned a GED/HSED between 2016 and 2019 or plan to graduate or earn a GED/HSED in 2020, and meet additional requirements such as minimum GPA and ACT scores. To see all requirements, visit nicoletcollege.edu/promise. Students must also be eligible to receive federal Pell grants as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The current application period is for students planning on attending Nicolet in the fall of 2020.
Under the program, the Nicolet College Foundation will pay the balance of tuition and fees for eligible students after federal and state grants have been applied. The Foundation will cover this cost for 12 to 15 credits per semester over four consecutive fall and spring semesters.
"Many people may feel that college is not an option for them because of cost," Warning-Meyer explained. "Others might be reluctant to enroll because they think they will be overwhelmed with student debt. The Nicolet Promise addresses both of those issues."
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."
Prospective students have until March 1, 2020, to complete the Nicolet Promise requirements. Interested individuals should go to nicoletcollege.edu/promise to complete the Promise Inquiry Form and view all program requirements.
Nicolet Foundation executive director Heather Schallock said the Nicolet Promise is made possible by ongoing fundraising efforts and generous donors financially supporting students through their gifts to the Foundation.
"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 an admissions representative by calling 715-365-4493, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4493; TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711.
Nicolet currently offers more than 60 associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. Many of these credentials are offered in the highly flexible Nicolet My Way format that allows students to complete the coursework at times that best fit their schedules.
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