Lycoming College has agreed to partner with Noble Network of Charter Schools to close the financial aid gap for undocumented Noble students in the Pritzker Access Scholarship program. The agreement will be available to Noble seniors who have qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a temporary federal relief from deportation, and are accepted to one of the four-year colleges in the agreement.
The institutions of higher education will provide undocumented students who received the Pritzker Access Scholarship with sufficient annual financial support to close the need for direct costs to the colleges. In addition to the financial support, the students will also be eligible to be a part of Noble’s mentoring efforts to help alumni through college. With ongoing counseling, tutoring and early intervention through mentor-mentee relationships, Noble is actively building a network of alumni that supports one another through college to achieve more success in life.
“We are committed to supporting Noble students even after they graduate high school,” said Michael Milkie, superintendent and CEO of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. “Undocumented students across the country often miss out on a college education because of their ineligibility for financial aid. We are grateful to our college partners for providing the opportunities for these students.”
Other institutions in the partnership include: Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.), Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.), Dominican University (River Forest, Ill.), Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Pa.), Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, Ind.), Illinois College (Jacksonville, Ill.), Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), Monmouth College (Monmouth, Ill.), North Park University (Chicago, Ill.), Ripon College (Ripon, Wis.), Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Ind.), and Western Illinois University (Macomb, Ill.).
Lycoming College is proud to partner with the Noble Network and be a leader in opening the doors of higher education to DACA students,” said Kent C. Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “There are many high-achieving students within the pool of undocumented students who deserve the opportunity to attend college. Colleges that offer admission and financial aid to these students are changing lives and helping to address a national issue.”
Noble is Chicago’s largest and highest performing network of public high schools. Last year, Noble campuses were eight of the top 10 open enrollment public high schools in Chicago and more than 90 percent of graduates matriculated to college this year. Noble is a non-selective network serving more than 10,000 students throughout Chicago at 16 campuses. Noble campuses are located in some of Chicago’s highest need communities and serve a student population that is 89 percent low-income and 98 percent minority. As a public non-selective high school, there are no testing requirements for enrollment at any of Noble’s campuses. Please visit Noble's website for more information.