More students could graduate with minimal debt under a new program at Texas Woman’s University that guarantees “zero tuition.”
The initiative fully covers tuition and fees for incoming state students who qualify for federal financial aid.
“This is the university’s commitment to providing new students with the opportunity to graduate in four years or less with the least amount of debt,” said Javier Flores, associate vice president of enrollment management at Texas Woman, in a statement.
According to the school’s website, the university aims to “remove economic barriers and provide a path” to help more students from low-income families graduate.
A first-generation student, Flores feels he is passing the opportunity of higher education to “a segment of our population that never thought the torch would be passed to them”.
He hopes that this will increase the transfer rate for students who start at an adult education center.
On average, Texas Woman’s tuition and fees are about $16,100 for those living at home and more than $23,000 for those living on or off campus.
To qualify for the Zero Tuition Guarantee, students must be Texas residents, applying for federal or state financial aid, demonstrate financial need, be eligible for federal Pell Grants, be enrolled full-time, and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher .
More than half of Texas Woman’s student population is eligible for Pell Grants, which the federal government makes available to students to fund college.
The program aims to compensate for the remaining costs that are not covered by financial support. It is valid for up to four years for first-year students and for up to three years for exchange students.
Although prospective students do not need to submit a separate application, they must apply as usual and complete financial aid applications by March 1 to be considered.
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