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McKendree University launching tuition initiative for 34 southern Illinois counties

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(WSIL) -- McKendree University will launch its Clear Path tuition initiative, which extends to 34 counties throughout Southern Illinois for students entering in the Fall 2022 semester.

Clear Path will provide transparency in the scholarship and financial aid process for students by ensuring that residents from these counties will pay no more than $15,000 in tuition and fees to attend McKendree University. 

The Clear Path initiative grants students the opportunity to receive the personalized experience provided by a private institution at the price of a public school. Students residing in the following counties are included:

  • Alexander
  • Bond
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Crawford
  • Edwards
  • Effingham
  • Fayette
  • Franklin
  • Gallatin
  • Hamilton
  • Hardin
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Johnson
  • Lawrence
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Massac
  • Monroe
  • Perry
  • Pope
  • Pulaski
  • Randolph
  • Richland
  • St. Clair
  • Saline
  • Union
  • Wabash
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • White
  • Williamson

“Choosing to become a Bearcat means more than earning your degree. You’re signing up for a unique experience that will build a solid pathway to your future,” said President Daniel Dobbins. “The McKendree family provides endless opportunities for students to grow as a person, and our passionate faculty provide individualized attention to their students, nurturing their love of learning and empowering them for success. We believe this initiative will allow us to make an even greater impact on the Southern Illinois region.”

"Let's face it, attending a college is an expensive proposition. Helping families understand how--it's affordable option is important for all of us that work in higher ed because let's face it, it is the best gift you can give yourself in terms of a career path forward," said McKendree University president, Dan Dobbins.

For more information about the Clear Path initiative or for enrollment information, please contact the Office of Admission at To schedule a campus visit or register to attend a Preview Day, visit

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