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Mayor Emanuel, CPS and CCC announce a Fifteen Percent Increase in Students eligible for Star Scholarship

2/7/2018 12:00 AM

Nearly seven thousand CPS seniors will receive letters this month regarding Star Scholarship eligibility 
Mayor Emanuel today joined Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Janice Jackson and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado to announce that nearly seven thousand CPS students will receive letters this month notifying them of their eligibility for the Star Scholarship, an increase of more than 15 percent since its launch. Star Scholars represent students from more than 75 zip codes and over 160 high schools citywide.

“Today in the City of Chicago, our students know that if they do well in school and keep up their end of the bargain, the cost of college will not be an obstacle to receiving a degree,” said Mayor Emanuel. “More than ever, the Star Scholarship ensures that Chicago’s hard working students, regardless of financial means, can access college degrees and the career opportunities that come with it.”

There are currently nearly three thousand Star Scholars enrolled at City Colleges. The Star Scholarship was created to provide CPS graduates from all economic backgrounds access to a viable pathway to college with the opportunity to pursue a degree or certificate at no cost. Students eligible for the Star Scholarship are CPS graduates with a 3.0 GPA and test nearly college-ready in math and English. 
“The Star Scholarship is helping CPS graduates reach their goals by making college more accessible than ever before," said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. "Through our collaboration with Mayor Emanuel and City Colleges, Chicago has become a national model for providing families access to a seamless path of high-quality public school options from pre-K through college." 
"We commend CPS students for the hard work that allowed them to qualify for the Star Scholarship," said CCC Chancellor Juan Salgado, "and encourage them to apply to City Colleges to take full advantage of our relationships with employers and universities that can offer them additional transfer scholarships and internships in high-demand career fields."

As of January 2018, more than half of the Star Scholars in the first Fall 2015 cohort either graduated or are enrolled with enough credits so that they are on course to complete their degree within three years, the federal benchmark for associate degree completion. The retention rate of this cohort after the first year was close to twice the national average for community college students.

To support students’ continued academic success after completion at CCC, twenty four-year colleges and universities offer Star Scholar graduates with transfer scholarships towards the completion of their bachelor’s degrees. Transfer scholarships range in value from $2,500 to nearly $50,000 each year, and more than $1 million has been offered to Star Scholars through these transfer partnerships to date. Participating schools include: University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College, DePaul University, Dominican University, Governors State University, Illinois Tech, Loyola University, National Louis University, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, Saint Xavier University, Kendall College, Marquette University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Illinois State University. 
The Star Scholarship is one of many programs under Mayor Emanuel that support Learn.Plan.Succeed., a groundbreaking graduation initiative launching with the CPS class of 2020 to support postsecondary success for students of all levels by ensuring they develop plans for life after graduation with the support of dedicated professionals. In 2016, nearly 60 percent of CPS students graduated with a concrete plan, and with support from CCC’s postsecondary navigators, 1,000 CPS students will have additional personalized support to help them reach their goals.

City Colleges and Chicago Public Schools work closely together to create a seamless path to college for Chicago students. Through the Chicago Star Scholarship, hard-working CPS high school students can earn free tuition and books at City Colleges for up to three years. Furthermore, the CCC-CPS dual enrollment/dual credit partnership, which allows CPS high school students to take college credit courses for free while they are still in high school, has grown by more than ten times since 2011, serving nearly 4,900 students in 2016-17. The expansion of dual enrollment and dual credit, along with Learn.Plan.Succeed., are building upon Mayor Emanuel’s major investment in postsecondary preparation—including his goal that 50 percent of CPS students will graduate with at least one college or career credential by 2019.

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