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Phoenix Promise program supports 800 Maricopa County Community College students

A new initiative between the city of Phoenix and  the Maricopa County Community Colleges District Foundation is reaching more community college students than originally planned. 

Since the City Council earmarked $5 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) last fall, 818 students have enrolled in the Phoenix Promise Program.

LaSetta Hogans, who oversees Phoenix’s workforce development board, recently told council members all students are enrolled in two-year programs.

“We’re excited to share with you that 70% of those students are the first in their family to go to college. What an impact that’s going to make on generations beyond them," Hogans said. 

More than 35% of students identify as having children. The program has paid out more than $500,000 to cover costs like child care and transportation. And nearly $250,000 for tuition. Since Phoenix Promise is set up as a "last dollar" scholarship — meaning eligible students first get other grants and scholarships — the program’s average tuition scholarship is $300 per student. 

Another 400 students could receive support before the program money is expected to be fully spent in spring 2025.

Starting this fall, several colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District will begin offering bachelor’s degrees. Current students in the Phoenix Promise program will be eligible to enroll in a bachelor’s program, if interested.

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As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.