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Tuition award to fill Chicago jobs

Posted on August 26, 2015

A new tuition award is helping to fill Chicago jobs.

This award will enable Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduates to pursue further education at significantly lower costs through eligibility for the new UIC Star Scholar Award, a UIC-funded education award, for two years. This new program will allow hard-working students $2,500 per year in additional tuition per year for two years support to access a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago following graduation from City Colleges.

As part of the UIC Star Scholar Award, at least 250 Star Scholars who transfer from CCC to UIC with an Associate Degree and a 3.0 GPA, will be eligible to receive an Award of $5,000 over two years. The Award is at least $2,500 for each of their two years of bachelor’s degree completion at UIC, in addition to any other financial aid that the student qualifies for and receives.

“UIC is honored to participate in the Star Scholar program and we are eager to welcome those Chicago students who are willing to work hard to achieve a quality education and provide them with a new pathway of affordability to achieve a four year degree,” said Michael Amiridis, UIC Chancellor.

“This new initiative reflects what the University of Illinois is all about—expanding world-class educational opportunities that transform young people’s lives and building on the pipeline of 21st century talent that is essential to move our state forward. I’m proud of this new partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago and grateful to Mayor Emanuel for his support,” added Timothy Killeen, University of Illinois President.

To assist qualifying students in making a smooth transition, both UIC and CCC are designating additional resources to ensure high retention and completion rates for all transfer students. UIC will also make available to students key campus amenities and services—including a full-time advisor, student services and libraries—in order to facilitate their college retention and transition to UIC, and ultimately, college graduation.