Kent State University announced on Wednesday that all eligible students in the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) would be guaranteed free tuition for four years, and one year of free room and meal plan through the university.
The university said this opportunity came from an existing partnership between Kent State and the LJFF. I PROMISE students have been attending a summer enrichment college preparation programs at Kent State.
“We are so pleased to take our partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation to this next level and welcome these students fully into the Kent State family,” Kent State President Todd Diacon said. “Kent State looks forward to the time when our campus is teeming with I PROMISE students.”
“We have already seen the impressive results that the I PROMISE Network is having on its participating students,” Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley said. “We are so pleased that Kent State will become the next step in the educational journey of these amazing young people, and so happy that we can start them on their way to exciting careers and lives full of inspiration.”
— LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) February 12, 2020
The oldest class of I Promise Network students are currently juniors and will be eligible for the Kent State package as college freshmen in the 2021-22 academic year, the university said.
In order to be eligible for the free tuition, students must be successfully admitted to Kent State, fill out the required financial aid forms and complete a number of community service hours each semester. To remain eligible for the free tuition program each year, I Promise students must remain in good academic standing, complete a minimum number of credit hours and take part in a required number of community service or volunteer hours.
University officials said they have begun a fundraising effort to help cover other expenses for the students, which includes the remaining three years of room and board, and books.
“I promise you we will be working diligently to raise additional money to help cover the costs of room and board for these students for three additional years, and also to provide for other things they may need such as books and study abroad experiences,” Tankersley said.