Kendall Bickett, graduated from UofL debt-free by taking advantage of the Metropolitan College program and working at UPS during school.
Kendall Bickett, graduated from UofL debt-free by taking advantage of the Metropolitan College program and working at UPS during school.

There are more than 22,000 students attending UofL and at least 1,100 of them have a shot at graduating debt-free. That’s because these particular students are a part of the Metropolitan College.

The Metropolitan College is the partnership between UofL, JCTC, UPS and the state of Kentucky. Through this partnership, students are expected to work the 3rd shift at UPS’ World Port Freight Facility, located at Louisville International Airport.  In return for their work, UPS gives each student a paycheck and, more importantly, covers their tuition and fees. 

As part of the deal, students must take on an extremely busy schedule between work and school. UofL sophomore Julie Hummel is enrolled in the Metropolitan College. She admits her schedule is “crazy,” but adds “I feel so free knowing I don’t have to pay debt after college.” 

Check out more about these UofL students’ UPS work below:

 

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Mark Hebert

Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.