Peoria free education opportunity grows

By WEEK Reporter

January 24, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:30 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- In Peoria more and more students are taking the opportunity to go to school for free through the program Peoria's Promise.

It allows students who graduate from a District 150 high school to attend Illinois Central College for free for two years.

ICC President Dr. John Erwin says despite that enrollment is actually down because there are fewer high school seniors today than in recent years.

A Peoria Promise board member says in the program's five years, 1,000 students have gone to school for free and that number is only going up.

"Taking advantage of Peoria Promise allows students and their families to avoid that enormous cost and debt," said Beth Johnson, a Peoria Promise board member. "Most families can't afford the cost of education these days. Post secondary education is extremely expensive."

Peoria Promise received a $2,000 gift from AT&T today.

It's enough to send one student to ICC for one school year.

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