We believe in the transformational power of a Hope College education. And, we believe that a student’s financial situation should never be a barrier to that experience. Inspired by these beliefs, Hope is launching a first-of-its-kind tuition program.

The initial phase of this program begins in fall 2021, when we’ll welcome the inaugural group of participating students. These 20 first-year students will help us usher in the Hope Forward initiative. 
At its core, Hope Forward is a long-term strategy to ensure access for every student who is admitted to Hope. More than just a strategy, though, Hope Forward is a mindset. It describes an ethos at Hope — a college-wide commitment to being the best we can be, today and tomorrow. 

Together, we bring Hope Forward… within our campus, into our communities and throughout the world.

A unique model

Based on a pay-it-forward approach, the Hope Forward tuition model represents an entirely new way of thinking about funding college.

It transforms a student’s college experience into:

  • Preparation to pursue positive impact rather than chase income to pay off student debt
  • A transformational relationship, rather than a transactional exchange
  • Entry into a life of inspired gratitude and generosity

How it works

In the fall 2021, Hope’s first group of Hope Forward students — all members of the Class of 2025 — will join the campus community. With big hearts, open minds and a God-given passion to bring Hope to the world, these 20 students will:

  • Receive a Hope College education with tuition fully funded by the generous gifts of others, and pay only for room and board
  • Participate in Hope Forward programming, which will prepare them to pursue lives of impact in the world
  • Graduate from Hope with a commitment to "paying it forward" — donating to Hope College so that future students can have the same transformational experience

Every year after 2021, Hope will expand the number of Hope Forward students. Our long-term goal is to fund every student’s tuition through the pay-it-forward model.

During their four years at Hope, the Hope Forward students will explore philanthropy, both as a beneficiary of others’ philanthropy and as philanthropists themselves. They also will examine their sense of God-given purpose and calling as a lifelong member of the Hope community and as a leader in the global community.  

A bold and challenging goal

This is no small undertaking. The Hope Forward vision is ambitious, and our work to bring this vision to fruition begins today. Your gifts in support of scholarships can help fund the first group of Hope Forward students.

Ways to Give

The Hope Fund

Gifts to the Hope Fund will support scholarships for the 2021–22 academic year. Every dollar given to the Hope Fund is distributed the year it was given.

Endowed Scholarships

Gifts to endowed scholarships will support our long-term ambition to fully realize Hope Forward for all students. Every dollar given to endowments is invested in perpetuity and a portion of the interest earned is distributed each year. You may give to the Hope endowment or to a named endowed fund.

Alumni: ‘Pay It Forward’ with a matching gift

One extremely generous donor couple committed $5 million in immediate-use funding to match gifts from alumni in support of financial aid and scholarships.

Hope College will receive the $5 million gift only if we raise $5 million from alumni giving over a two-consecutive-year period, beginning in fall 2020.This commitment requires that alumni gifts in the second year of the match come from alumni who did not make a matching gift in the first year.

Gift Planning

Through gift planning, you can provide long-lasting support for Hope Forward while enjoying financial benefits for yourself. You can name Hope College as a beneficiary of your estate, or give stocks and bonds, real estate, retirement assets, insurance, or cash.

“We know what kind of a difference Hope graduates make in a world that needs it more than ever right now. Hope Forward isn’t just a new financial model — it’s a cultural model.”
—President Matthew A. Scogin