Michigan Students Attend College Tuition Free

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A select group of students from Michigan are attending university for free this year and will do so at no cost to them and their families until they graduate. What’s more, upcoming students who are currently in elementary, middle and high school are also eligible to go to school tuition free, provided that they live in Hancock, a small city in Michigan’s upper peninsula and choose to attend Finlandia University.

Finlandia, Hancock Forge An Agreement

college moneyFinlandia University and the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education forged an unusual agreement in 2008, one which allows current and prospective Finlandia students to attend school for free. Hancock Central High School graduates who attend Finlandia over the next 12 years are the beneficiaries of this arrangement, which includes educational services to students and residents living within the Hancock school district.

In exchange for offering what amounts to $4.2 million in full-ride college scholarships, the university has acquired a pair of properties owned by the school district. Those properties include the district’s middle school building as well as a nearby athletic field. The middle school building will be renovated to accommodate the university’s College of Health Sciences program while the athletic field will be updated for use by both the Finlandia Lions and the Hancock Bulldogs.

Campus & Community Goodness

The agreement has a name, “Campus and Community: Together for Good,” underscoring the unique relationship between university and the town of Hancock.

“Hancock and Finlandia face many common challenges for growth in a context where resources are not in abundance,” says Finlandia University President Johnson. “These shared challenges invite, even urge, shared solutions.”

“Because of Finlandia University’s proximity to the middle school building, it was natural to explore the option of Finlandia taking ownership of the building,” adds Dale Kero, president of the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education.

City Leaders Pleased

Naturally, city officials are pleased by this arrangement. “Not only will it save the Hancock school district the cost of demolishing the middle school building, it provides Finlandia with new facilities it won’t have to build,” adds Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson.

A joint committee consisting of Finlandia University officials and Hancock Public Schools representatives will oversee the agreement to ensure that it is properly executed.

Source: Finlandia University

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