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Recognizing that Southeastern Wisconsin is in the middle of a talent-demand wave, a new financial-aid and student-success program – “Parkside Promise Plus” – was announced today by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The goal: create more access to higher education for area students.

“Parkside Promise Plus” covers the cost of tuition and segregated fees beyond federal and state grants for first-time, full-time freshman Wisconsin residents who meet certain financial requirements.

“Today, our region and our state need more university graduates to meet the growing demand for talent,” said UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford. “That demand will continue to grow. ‘Parkside Promise Plus’ provides the opportunity for more students to attend UW-Parkside, plus the support and guidance to help them earn a degree and be part of the talent solution.”

Students who qualify for “Parkside Promise Plus” will have access to academic and financial advising, along with one-on-one coaching and support from successful UW-Parkside students. “Parkside Promise Plus” is designed to help more students graduate with a UW-Parkside degree, choosing from a variety of quality academic programs such as business, computer science, teacher education, theatre, criminal justice, the health sciences, and more. “Parkside Promise Plus” is for high school seniors who graduate on time and meet both academic and family income requirements.

To be eligible, students must:
• Declare their intent to be part of “Parkside Promise Plus”
• Be a new freshman admitted to UW-Parkside by May
• Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1 and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $1,500 or less
• Be a Wisconsin resident for tuition purposes
• Have a high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above at the time of admission to Parkside
• Attend the “Parkside Promise Plus” orientation session during new-student orientation
• Enroll as a full-time student the fall following high school graduation

“We understand that for some students and their families the roadblock to pursuing and earning a university degree is having the necessary finances available,” said Troy Moldenhauer, UW-Parkside director of admissions and recruitment. “The new ‘Parkside Promise Plus’ may be the added ‘plus’ that brings higher education within reach.”

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.