TCUs to Be Included in Obama’s “America’s College Promise”Jan 12th, 2015 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) has confirmed that tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) will be included in President Obama’s new initiative, “America’s College Promise,” which will offer free tuition to all community college students who maintain a 2.5 grade point average. Although details about the plan remain forthcoming, education leaders have embraced its underpinnings and maintain that it will dramatically increase access to higher education for all Americans.
In a press release, AIHEC stated, “[we are] committed to working with the administration and the Congress to ensure that TCU students have access to ‘America’s Promise.’ This is a landmark idea that will open new worlds of opportunity for thousands of American Indian people; and as tribal colleges, we applaud the president’s leadership.” AIHEC further noted that financial stress deters many Native people from entering college and completing degree programs.
According to the initiative, students maintaining a 2.5 GPA who attend at least half-time and make progress toward their degree will receive the tuition waiver. The White House will reveal the further details during the president’s State of the Union address, which will be broadcast nationally on January 20. Additional details will be outlined in the president’s budget request on February 2.