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Kean Tuition Promise Program Supports Low-income Students

Three students, two women and a man, walk over a white bridge on Kean University's Union campus

To further its mission of academic excellence and equity, Kean University created a new Kean Tuition Promise program to provide high-achieving, low-income New Jersey students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at little or no cost and fulfill their dreams of a college education. 

The Kean Tuition Promise program aims to break down longstanding barriers to postsecondary education, which have perpetuated educational attainment gaps by race, socioeconomic status and region. 

"Through this program, we hope to change the lives of deserving New Jersey students who, because of their financial situation, believe that college is out of the question," said Kean President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D. "We invite New Jersey's best and brightest students to apply and climb higher at Kean. Everyone deserves an equal shot at earning a college degree, and this program makes that possible.”

The program’s limited number of scholarship and grant packages will cover up to full tuition and fees across four years of study for select students who apply as freshmen and meet eligibility requirements:

  • A high school GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • A family adjusted gross income of under $65,000 annually; and 
  • Residency in New Jersey for at least one year before the first day of class

The program is open to U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens starting as freshmen at Kean in Fall 2022.

The Kean Tuition Promise provides funding for eligible students through scholarships and grants that do not need to be repaid after graduation. 

“Kean has a long tradition of providing a world-class, affordable college education,” said Marsha McCarthy, vice president for enrollment services. “This program expands on that tradition by providing support across a student’s entire educational journey. It’s possible for these talented students to graduate with little to no college debt. Being able to start your career without debt is remarkable.”

Senior Director of Admissions Carlos Nazario said Kean already offers the lowest tuition of any four-year institution in New Jersey, but affording college remains a struggle for many families.

“The Kean Tuition Promise program will be a game changer for some students,” Nazario said. “It is one more innovation from Kean University in its mission to open the doors of higher education to students.”

Interested students should apply to Kean by March 1 and submit their FAFSA form to Kean using the code 002622. Kean’s offices of Admissions and Financial Aid will review the eligibility of each applicant. Use the code KEANPROMISE to waive the $75 application fee for the admission application on Kean’s website. The code won’t work on the common application. 

Additionally, accepted students who complete their Kean application by December 31, 2021 are eligible to receive a $500 early action award. For more information, visit Kean’s Tuition Promise Scholarship webpage or email admissions questions to with the subject line: Kean Tuition Promise.