GVSU announces tuition-free program for students from low-income backgrounds

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Posted at 7:21 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 07:21:57-05

(WXYZ) — Grand Valley State University announced a tuition-free program for students from low-income backgrounds who live in six Michigan counties.

Qualified students from the following counties can have the chance to receive full undergraduate tuition: Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Grand Traverse, Calhoun and Wayne.

Students must be admitted to Grand Valley, beginning in the fall 2021 semester, and have a family income of less than $50,000.

President Philomena V. Mantella said this program demonstrates the university's commitment to its communities.

"It is another way of assuring that we create opportunity and advance equity in the communities in which we live and teach, as well as inspire a broader movement of making higher education accessible to all," Mantella said in a press release.

Michelle Rhodes, associate vice president for Financial Aid, said the Grand Valley Pledge is a wonderful opportunity for qualified students to invest in their futures. Rhodes added the program alleviates the complexities of filling out multiple financial aid forms.

"We wanted to make it as simple as possible," Rhodes said in a press release. "Students who meet the financial criteria according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will have their tuition covered for the four years they are at Grand Valley."

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