For second class of Bucky’s Tuition Promise students, shock and relief at free tuition

Kaya Halverson first heard about Bucky’s Tuition Promise as a junior at Green Bay East High School. She assumed there was a catch.

“Honestly, it seemed too good to be true,” she says.

So she researched it, and researched it some more. She learned that as a Wisconsin high school student whose parents earned less than the state’s median income, she qualified for free tuition at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

No fine print. No catch.

“I was beyond excited,” says Halverson, a UW–Madison freshman. “It’s the reason I applied to UW–Madison, and it’s the reason I’m here today.”

Halverson is one of 848 new students this fall benefiting from Bucky’s Tuition Promise, now in its second year. Last fall, the first group of students covered by the pledge — 796 of them —arrived on campus.

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