WISE, Va. (WDBJ7) - The University of Virginia's College at Wise has announced it will pay all tuition and fees for children of families earning $40,000 or less.
It's a new program called UVA Wise Within Reach, starting in fall 2020. The program is only available to full-time, degree-seeking students from Virginia who are eligible to receive in-state tuition. It's part of the school's goal to provide access to higher education for all Virginians.
“The program lets us help Virginia families realize the dream of a college degree is within reach,” UVA Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “We know families often face a steep financial burden when the time comes to send their children to college. We hope the program will alleviate some of the worry and financial stress families feel during what is normally a pivotal and exciting time for students and parents.”
“We listened to our students and their families talk about the heavy cost of attending college,” Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Chris Dearth said. “We are restructuring our state, federal and institutional financial aid in innovative ways to meet the needs. My staff is excited to begin this work to help many Virginia families with an extra boost.”
Dearth said the program will allow qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree without debt.
“Earning a degree with no debt is truly liberating for our graduates,” Dearth said. “It gives them the financial freedom to pursue a career or to attend graduate or professional school without the worry of crippling student loan debt.”
To be eligible for the program, Virginia students must complete their FAFSA forms by February 15 and be admitted to the College by the same date. Students who qualify for additional grants or scholarships will have those funds added to the financial aid award up to, but not exceeding, the cost of attendance. Students must qualify for the program each of the four years of enrollment and must meet minimum academic requirements.
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