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Promising an opportunity for education

by Oklahoma State University Modified: June 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm •  Published: June 23, 2014

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The Oklahoma Promise program offers deserving students their shot at success with free college tuition.

Students in grades 8, 9 and 10 may apply if their parents make $50,000 a year or less. To help assure academic success in college, certain preparatory classes must be taken in high school.

The program has been around since 1992, says Bryce Fair, associate vice chancellor for scholarships for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

 “The program is on a very sound footing now and in the future,” Fair says. The award is based on tuition rates.

“It averages about $3,000, but may be as much as $5,000,” Fair says. He expects 19,000 students to get the award this year.

In addition to Oklahoma’s Promise, students coming to Oklahoma State University also are eligible for the Cowboy Covenant, an additional $1,000 scholarship, as well as a possible tuition waiver.

OSU students who have participated in the program say it takes a financial strain off their families and lets them focus on their studies without worrying about finances.

With Oklahoma’s Promise and other scholarships and programs, students can graduate from OSU debt-free.

Students  have many options to fund their education, including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and work.

For more information about financial aid in general, visit

For information on eligibility and requirements for Oklahoma’s Promise, visit To apply at OSU, visit


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