Tuition Freedom Day is a symbolic day marking the point in the academic year when tuition stops paying for a student’s education and support from donors takes over. For the remainder of the year, gifts to the College make a Kalamazoo College education possible. This annual gratitude event provides an opportunity for the Kalamazoo College community to recognize and honor the donors who generously support the College each year.
Tuition Freedom Day
April 10, 2013
Weimer K. Hicks Student Center
Students gathered in the Hicks Center to share their appreciation by writing 500 thank-you notes to alumni, parents, and friends who gave a gift to K through the Kalamazoo College Fund. Students also had the opportunity to learn the important role philanthropy plays in their daily lives on campus and beyond. We acknowledged gratitude over cookies and hot chocolate.
Tuition covers two-thirds of the cost of a Kalamazoo College education. Gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends make a difference in the lives of K students. Gifts through the Kalamazoo College Fund support need and merit-based Scholarships, Faculty Excellence, and K′s Greatest Needs. Sharing gratitude for those who support their education is a valuable opportunity for K students on Tuition Freedom Day.
Kalamazoo College alumni share their thoughts on how the generosity of K donors supported their educations and why they give back today:
″Scholarships, largely funded by alumni, allowed me to attend a life-changing institution, travel abroad, meet lifelong friends and develop connections I use today. I give because I want future Hornets to experience the same.″
Megan (Bartlett) Kelly ′01
″I give because the way K practices liberal arts learning is more likely than other educational options to create citizens who ask questions and who question any answers that include violence and injustice.″
Jim VanSweden ′73