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Oregon Set to Change Qualifications on Promise

June 30, 2017

Oregon officials are planning to alter the requirements for the state's tuition-free Promise program. The new requirements would cut off grants to wealthier families.

The changes are because lawmakers are budgeting $40 million for the program in the next two years, which is $8 million less than what officials say the program needs to operate.

Those students who don't qualify will be notified this summer.

The Oregon Promise has been criticized by community college leaders who say lawmakers didn't adequately fund the program and that it didn't lower GPA requirements enough. Critics have also pointed out that students from higher-income families disproportionately benefit from the last-dollar program, which has driven up costs because they're less likely to receive federal Pell Grants.

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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