Strive Promise Compact

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College have established the Strive Promise Compact to demonstrate a shared commitment to eliminating financial barriers to postsecondary education for low-income students in the urban core communities of Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. In creating this compact, these institutions have committed to establishing a financial aid program for students from these urban core communities.

The financial aid program, building off of best practices such as the Cincinnati Pride Grant program at University of Cincinnati and the Holmes/Newport Grant program at Northern Kentucky University, provides last-dollar grants and book awards for students who meet eligibility requirements as established by the institutions. The core eligibility requirements include graduating from a participating high school in the urban core of Cincinnati, Covington and Newport; demonstrating significant financial need by being considered eligible for the federal Pell Grant Program; and enrolling full-time in the semester/quarter following high school in one of the four participating institutions. Students must sign a “learning agreement” on receiving the grant, which commits them to taking advantage of available campus support services and remaining in academic good standing.