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March 11, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Promises kept: You stay in school, we’ll cover college

Screenshot of a graph from  College Bound's new report

Screenshot of a graph from College Bound’s new report

If your family couldn’t afford to pay for college, would you stop trying to get good grades? Would you cease to aim high?

Those questions, and the chilling implications they raise for low-income students, inspired an ambitious promise from Washington legislators in 2007: All seventh and eighth graders from low-income families could have their in-state college tuition covered if they maintained a C average or better, graduated from high school and stayed clear of legal trouble. They’d even get $500 extra for books.

Washington ranked near the bottom for students enrolling in college by age 19, so supporters of the College Bound Scholarship believed it might have game-changing potential. Seven years later, the first results are in, and they are heartening.

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