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Innovative Partnership Promotes College Access for Disadvantaged Youth


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October 23, 2013
Jefferson City, MO- Lincoln University of Missouri has recently entered a unique partnership with The Renaissance Education Group, Inc., through which disadvantaged youth from North Carolina will have easier access to a college education. Through this partnership, North Carolina students participating in Renaissance’s Upward Bound or Talent Search Programs and meeting other admissions criteria will be admitted to Lincoln University as in-state students, thereby reducing their annual cost of attendance by an estimated $5,000, with a total savings of approximately $20,000 in their completion of a four-year degree.
The agreement also sets forth guidelines for financial aid processing for runaway, homeless and foster care youth. Through this partnership, the McKinney-Vento Act (1987) and College Cost Reduction and Access Act (2007), these students will be declared independent and will not be required to provide parental financial information and/or parental signatures on financial aid applications, to include the FAFSA.
Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr., President of Lincoln University applauds the partnership for the opportunity it will provide. “Lincoln University’s legacy of providing college access where there wasn’t before lives on through partnerships like this one. Every student with a desire to earn a college degree deserves the opportunity to pursue that, without geographical or financial barriers in their path. This agreement between Lincoln University and The Renaissance Education Group lifts those barriers.”
Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, TRIO Director-Durham and Edgecombe Counties in North Carolina and 1991 and 1993 Lincoln alumnus agrees the program provides not only access, but a choice. “Students need choices about their post-secondary options, and need the chance to consider out-of-state schools that support their needs.”