Detroit high schoolers who choose to attend one of the cities five community colleges will not pay a single penny to attend college.
The Detroit Promise Zone program, officially launched on Tuesday and is fueled by funds that will first arrive from a private scholarship foundation.
Starting in 2018, some of the money will come from property taxes already earmarked for the program.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a high school senior preparing for college now or a second-grader whose college career is years away. The Detroit Promise will be there to help make a college education a reality,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.
The hopes for the program is that it will eventually expand to include four-year colleges throughout the state.
A student is eligible for the free college tuition if they have completed their junior and senior years at a public, private or charter high school in Detroit.
How much a students family earns will not play into their qualifications, however, the student must fill out the federal financial aid form called the FAFSA.
The Detroit program will pick up the difference after any other federal and state grants and scholarships have been awarded.
About 500 students are expected to take advantage of the program and enroll at a community college each fall.
The program is expected to cost around $680 per person annually.
The privately funded Detroit Scholarship program is already in place and has granted 2,000 students free tuition over the past three years.
Tuition-free college is an idea that is gaining traction. President Obama has pushed for free tuition and currently presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has requested a similar program.
High school seniors must register for the Detroit Scholarship Fund online by June 30 to be eligible for the upcoming semester.