Big tuition discount up for grabs for eligible High School Seniors

Ashland, Ore — Southern Oregon University is looking to give Jackson and Josephine County high school seniors a huge discount on the cost of attending college.

The initiative is called the Jackson-Josephine Pledge Program.

Students who are accepted could see a discount near 35-percent off the cost of going to college.

The program is a three-year baccalaureate degree and open to high school seniors graduating in spring of 2016.

Because the program is accelerated, it includes support services such as mentoring and advising. The following majors are the only programs currently available: Business Administration; Computer Science; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Elementary Education (not including licensure); Emerging Media and Digital Arts; and Health, Physical Education, and Leadership.

SOU says the goal of the pledge is to help students who may not otherwise be able to afford college.

For high schools in the area that knocks down a major hurdle many students face when looking to further their education.

“A lot of our students do like to go on to SOU and cost can be a barrier and we’re excited that they could have that option at a lower rate,” said Ashland High Principal Erika Bare.

All high school seniors in Jackson and Josephine counties are encouraged to apply.

The deadline is February 15th.

There are 50 spots available for the 2016-2017 school year.

You can apply for the Pledge Program at –

This post has been edited to reflect the majors available through the program.

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