Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign
The GSU Promise
The GSU Promise is a commitment to provide qualified low-income graduates from Illinois community colleges the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree debt-free.
The plan addresses a critical social need. Only 10 to 15 percent of students who enter community college with an intention of earning a bachelor’s degree actually do so. The numbers are depressingly low in part because students fear to burden themselves with large amounts of debt, and in part because they simply do not know of aid that is available. That represents more than a personal tragedy. It is also a loss for our fast growing region which needs a well-educated workforce.
Low-income students are eligible for Federal Pell grants and aid through Illinois’ monetary Assistance Program. But federal and state aid may not cover the full cost of an education. The GSU Promise will cover the difference. Promise awards are both merit and need based.
For the region, the GSU Promise is an investment that will inspire, educate, and motivate the future teachers, entrepreneurs, nurses and healthcare professionals, administrators, law enforcement officials, mayor and city managers, and others - the professional workforce we need to lead the development of one of the fastest growing regions in the nation.
GSU encourages faculty and staff donations to the GSU Promise program. Faculty and staff can donate in one of two ways:
- Donate by check, credit card or via payroll deduction. Print and complete the Employee Giving Form and return it, in person, to the Advancement Office (D34200); or
- Make a credit card donation online by using the Online Donation webpage.