UMR: Free tuition for low-income families in Fall of 2021

Samantha Boring
Created: February 23, 2021 07:19 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - There is a new program at the University of Minnesota that could make college free for some students. 
 
The new program is called 'MPact 2025' and will be available at all five UMN campuses. 

It allows Minnesota families that make $50,000 or less to get free tuition. University officials were trying to find ways to make the cost of attendance affordable for students, and allow them to focus on their college experience. 

This is an expansion of the U Promise program, which gives Minnesota students need-based scholarships for four years, but it does not take away from that program. 

"There's been a little bit of confusion on that, perhaps this is only supporting students from families that are 50,000 or less. It's really adding in a level of assurance for those students of full coverage of tuition," said Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Innovation, Jeffery Ratliff-Crain. 
 
Ratliff-Crain said about 30% of current UMR students would be eligible for this program. 

It's going to be available to new students starting Fall 2021. Ratliff-Crain said, "Ones that are currently in high school and start fresh as first-year students in the Fall. Once eligible though they will be reviewed annually." He added that it "Also will cover any future tuition increases, so it is not a set amount every year." Current students will not see a change in their aid because of this new program. 
 
Ratliff-Crain said if you are going to be a new student at any of the U campuses or know someone that will be, make sure to fill out your FAFSA form because this is how they determine if you are eligible or not. 

He recommends if you need assistance to contact one of the university's financial aid office. 


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