Tuition Freedom Day

April 6, 2016Hamo the Hornet celebrates Tuition Freedom Day
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weimer K. Hicks Student Center

Did you know that tuition covers about 76 percent of what it costs to educate a K student?

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 K education possible. This annual gratitude event is in celebration of K’s generous donors.

Sharing Gratitude

On April 6, 2016, students will gather in the Weimer K. Hicks Student Center to share their appreciation by writing hundreds of thank-you notes to alumni, parents, and friends who gave a gift to the Kalamazoo College Fund in support of scholarships, faculty excellence and resources, and K’s greatest needs. Students will learn about the vital role philanthropy plays in their daily lives on campus and beyond.

How Can I Celebrate?


Visit the Hicks Center on Wednesday, 2nd Week Spring Quarter, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to write a thank-you note or two to our gracious donors. After you’ve written your notes, grab a cookie and hot chocolate, and go to the Bissell Theatre to appear in a gratitude video that will be sent to donors after Tuition Freedom Day. This is your opportunity to let our donors know how much you appreciate their philanthropy and your K student experience!


To help celebrate Tuition Freedom Day, donors are encouraged to share why they give to K. Submit your Why I Give quote here! If you’re in the neighborhood on April 6, please stop by the Hicks Center to soak up the appreciation!

″I give to the Kalamazoo College Fund because I want others to be able to have the same (if not a better) fabulous K experience.”
Ajka Suljevic ′10

″I give because I am proud of the education that students receive at K and I want to support it. Also, in the last 5-10 years, I have been thrilled to see K strengthen and deepen its commitment to diversity and I want to enthusiastically support those efforts as well. I am proud to be a K alumna.”
Sara Wiener

″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

Students share their gratitude in handwritten thank-you notes to K donors.

Students share their gratitude in handwritten thank-you notes to K donors.