Morehouse Launches New Fundraiser To Help Eliminate Student Loan Debt Through Donations

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, people enter the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta. The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year. The move marks a major shift for Morehouse College at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Morehouse College leaders told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

When billionaire Robert F. Smith paid off the debt of Morehouse College’s Class of 2019, he started something. Now the premier collegiate institution for Black men has begun a fund to help all of its graduates with student loan debt, reported Black Enterprise.

According to a press release, the Morehouse College Student Success Program is a fundraising and research initiative aimed at helping graduates “prosper faster” by curbing student loan debt.

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Established by the college’s Board of Trustees, the program will also study the impact being in debt has on its graduates in comparison to those who are not.

“The Morehouse College Student Success Program will provide students with a liberating gift that will wipe away or greatly reduce their student loans, allowing them to pursue their dreams and lead lives of leadership and service immediately after graduation,” Morehouse President David A. Thomas said.

The program is Morehouse’s way of helping address the nation’s growing student loan crisis with graduates owing trillions of dollars collectively.

“We, at Morehouse, see the Student Success Program as an important step toward improving outcomes for our graduates and addressing the income disparities that people of color experience when they are overburdened by debt.”