NORTH PARK — Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University have joined a growing list of higher education institutions that have committed to helping Chicago Public Schools and City College graduates earn affordable four-year degrees.
On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cheryl Hyman, chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, announced five new participants in the Chicago Star Partnership, a group of four-year colleges and universities that have agreed to provide scholarships to Chicago Star Scholars following their graduation from a City College.
In addition to NEIU and North Park University, the University of Chicago, Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago join seven previously announced partners.
The Star Scholarship program, created in 2014, offers high-achieving CPS students a free ride to attend a City College. After receiving their City College degree, these same students can pursue a bachelor's degree at reduced cost at a partner college or university.
Depending on the partner institution, scholarship packages for individual students can range in value from $2,500 to nearly $50,000 annually.
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