By Associated Press - Sunday, August 23, 2020

HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) - A college in the Upper Peninsula is extending a significant tuition discount to students who come from a local high school.

Graduates of Hancock Central will pay no more than $2,500 a year to attend Finlandia University, The Daily Mining Gazette reported.

“This Hancock Promise has been a real boom for our students,” Hancock Superintendent Steve Patchin said. “We’ve got anywhere from 18 to 26 students taking advantage of it every year … and many of them have gone on to graduate and do great things.”

The agreement between the Hancock district and Finlandia began in 2009. Besides tuition, the agreement includes sharing certain properties.

Finlandia is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants.

Finlandia had more than 400 students last year.

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