Blackburn College Announces Free Tuition Program
Some Illinois students will now be able to attend college without tuition costs. Blackburn College has announced the Affordable Access Award, allowing free tuition to Illinois students with the greatest need. The new program is the first of its kind to be offered in Illinois.
Dr. John Comerford, Blackburn College President, announced the innovative program during his inauguration address on Saturday, November 2, on the Blackburn campus. Comerford was inaugurated as Blackburn’s 16th president.
“Higher education faces a continual call for greater accessibility and affordability for students seeking college degrees,” noted Comerford. “This call for action has been heard from President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and our own elected state officials.”
“Blackburn’s Affordable Access Award will meet the needs of many Illinois students who otherwise would either be unable to pursue college, or need to take on considerable debt to make it a reality. We stand ready to help make education more accessible for students who are currently underserved by the great majority of colleges and universities.”
In order to qualify for the program, students must meet Blackburn admission requirements, receive full Federal Pell Grant (PELL) and Illinois Monetary Awards Program (MAP) assistance, and participate in the nationally renowned Blackburn College Work Program. Applicants must submit their Blackburn College application and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 to be considered for this award.
Illinois residents can find more information by calling 800-233-3550, ext 4278, or requesting information from the Office of Admissions.