In response to calls for affordable higher education from President Obama on down, Blackburn College has created a free tuition program for students with the greatest need. Blackburn President John Comerford announced the program Saturday at his on-campus inauguration as the school’s 16th president.
“Higher education faces a continual call for greater accessibility and affordability for students seeking college degrees,” he said. “This call for action has been heard from President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and our own elected state officials.”
To qualify for the program, students must be Illinois residents and meet Blackburn’s admission requirements. They also must receive full federal PELL grant and Illinois Monetary Awards Program (MAP) assistance and participate in Blackburn’s work program.