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Hey Jim,
Thank you for the very thoughtful question I am happy to elaborate some. The federal money will only be used to support complete free tuition at public colleges and universities at their in state tuition rates. However, students who decide to go to private or out of state colleges or universities could still receive the National Promise Scholarship and choose to use it at a private or out of state college or university, but then their tuition wouldn't be completely free. I hope this helps. 

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Hey Gary,
Yes, very similar to what you laid out, our current plan for National Promise Scholarships does make them available for use at private colleges. National Promise Scholars would get the average value of an in-state tuition scholarship that they could use at any college they want, but without any benefits of Free Tuition. However that provision is subject to further cost/benefit analysis. I hope this answers your questions. Thank you for reading!