CSU Commits To Closing Education Gap For Black & Brown Students

Going to college is a huge goal for many, but the price tag often makes that goal a little difficult to reach. Scholarships aren’t a guarantee and financial aid doesn’t always cover everything, but Chicago State University has created an initiative to make furthering your education within reach.

The Chicago State University Cougar Commitment Initiative has been created with the goal of making going to college more accessible for any prospective student, including those coming from families with low incomes. Starting with a five-week intensive program over the summer and supports that continue throughout the year, all incoming full-time freshmen are able to gain access to Rise Academy, which includes free tuition for the academic school year along with a laptop and internet service to aid in the success of their college career. The Rise Academy summer programming will have three different start dates to accommodate the incoming freshman class–June 29, July 20, and August 10.

According to Dr. Carlos Gooden, CSU’s Director of Admissions and Recruitment, the five-week program, which is set to take place this summer, fall, and next spring in a series of multiple cohorts, will consist of success workshops, career exploration, time management, note-taking strategies, mentoring, along with many other objectives to ensure that students receive the necessary preparation to be successful throughout their academic career. Dr. Gooden said, “We’re partners with them [participants] in making sure that they’re successful, not only to college, but through college as well.”

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the amazing program, you must first be an admitted student to the university. If you haven’t already applied to CSU and would like to, click here for the application. To those who have already applied and have been admitted, click here to register to become a Rise Academy Scholar to be a part of program.


By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

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Written by Cierra Lemott

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