State covenant assures affordable college places for qualified students

Thursday, April 17, 2008

From St. Norbert College, April 1, 2008
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle will have pledge forms in hand when he visits St. Norbert College on Thursday, April 17.

The governor will be on campus to promote the Wisconsin Covenant, an agreement he launched in the fall of 2006 to ensure that good high school students are guaranteed a spot in one of the colleges or universities in the state, private or public, and a financial aid package to make it affordable.

The Wisconsin Covenant is an optional program in which eighth-grade students are invited to sign a pledge affirming that they will:

-Earn a high school diploma.
-Participate in their community.
-Take a high school curriculum that prepares them for higher education.
-Maintain a B average in high school.
-Apply in a timely manner for state and federal financial aid.

Approximately 17,000 of the 75,000 eighth graders in Wisconsin signed the covenant pledge in the spring of 2007.