MATC to offer two years of free tuition

According to The Capital Times, Madison Area Technical College is developing a privately-funded program that would pay with an aim of covering two years of qualifying students’ tuition and fees. The program will be called the Madison Promise.

MATC has yet to develop the academic criteria to qualify for the program. School officials say financial screening for the program will begin with eligibility for the federal Pell grant program for low-income students. The second step will be calculating the gap between a family’s contribution and total MATC expenses, the Cap Times reports.

MATC officials estimate the first year of the program will cost $125,000 to $130,000. The program is similar to one planned at Milwaukee Area Technical College, which is scheduled to launch in fall 2016.