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Roosevelt University is proud to announce that it has partnered with Hope Chicago, the new two-generation economic mobility program that offers debt-free college and workforce opportunities to 4,000 Chicago Public School graduates and their parents. Roosevelt is one of six Illinois institutions that will help Hope Scholars receive access to debt-free education, as well as access to non-financial supports that ensure student success.

Of the partnership, University president Dr. Ali Malekzadeh said, “Roosevelt University was founded on the principle of equitable access to higher education for all students. Together, Roosevelt and Hope Chicago will be able to help even more students and their families attain the educational opportunities necessary to compete in today’s workforce.” Dr. Malekzadeh continued by saying, “We could not be more proud to work in tandem with Hope Chicago.”

“Access to quality postsecondary education is not just a privilege; it's a fundamental right that can transform the trajectory of low-income families and disadvantaged communities in Illinois. For South and West Side Chicago Public School Students, pursuing higher education isn't merely about acquiring a degree; it's about unlocking doors to opportunity and offering them a stake in a more prosperous and equitable future of our city and state,” said Dr. Janice Jackson, Hope Chicago CEO. 

This partnership with Hope Chicago is yet another endeavor of Roosevelt University to ensure accessibility to quality higher education for underserved communities. The recent tuition reduction program reduced undergraduate tuition by 40% for the 2023-2024 academic year, removing further barriers and providing more access to students. Most recently, Roosevelt was awarded a $5 million grant to fund STEM doctoral programs and research facilities by the Department of Education. 

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