6K students statewide use Oregon Promise grants

Oregon Promise subsidizes community college tuition

Future students at Portland Community College could benefit from the Oregon Promise program, Oct. 21, 2015 (KOIN)
Future students at Portland Community College could benefit from the Oregon Promise program, Oct. 21, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Thousands of Oregon students are taking advantage of a new state grant that waives community college tuition for low-income students.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that according to preliminary enrollment figures from state education officials, about 6,000 students statewide are taking community college classes through Oregon Promise.

Officials say that figure is about what was expected for the first-year program.

The Oregon Promise program subsidizes community college tuition for students who graduated from an Oregon high school in the spring or summer with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, or have completed their GED this year.

The largest number of Oregon Promise students attend Portland Community College, the state’s largest post-secondary institution. Chemeketa Community College in Salem had the second most enrollees