ALBION, Mich. — As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on there is so much uncertainty, especially for graduating high school seniors and their families.
The cost of college can be concerning as some families have been hit extra hard financially this year.
With COVID-19 affecting many students and families, Albion College is bringing back its scholarship program called the "Albion College Promise".
If a student qualifies, the scholarship covers 100% of their tuition.
"Our goal is to continue to create opportunity particularly for the families who are struggling the most," said Albion College's President Dr. Mathew Johnson.
Dr. Johnson said it has been a tough year for families financially.
That's why the school brought back the scholarship program, in hopes of giving all students the opportunity to attend college.
"This is a continuation of the same program that we did last year which allows students of families who make under $65,000 to come to Albion. We cover the entire cost of their tuition after all applicable federal and state grants," said Dr. Johnson.
Albion College said this program is made possible thanks to generous donors. To qualify, the student must meet their academic and admissions standards.
"We have waived the standardized admissions testing again for another year. They can go through the admissions process like any other student. If they qualify academically to be admitted to Albion and they fall in the right income category, they will be tuition free," said Dr. Johnson.
Other opportunities are also available for students of families who make over $65,000 each year, with scholarships ranging from $92,000 to $135,000 over four years.
For students of families under $65,000, they could receive around $160,000 over four years.
"By all projection, the aftermath of COVID is going to last for several years in the economy, and we want to make sure we are creating an on-ramp for families," said Dr. Johnson.
Albion College said they are unsure if this program will continue after this year, but they are looking at possibly keeping it around to keep providing opportunities for students in the future.