PSU Expands Free Tuition Program


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PSU’s popular Four Years Free covers tuition and fees for income-eligible students for four years. To qualify for the program, first-year freshmen must have graduated from an Oregon high school, be enrolled full-time at PSU, be eligible to receive a Pell grant and have a 3.2 high school GPA. Previously, the program required a 3.4 GPA. This means that more Oregon high school students are now eligible to attend PSU without paying tuition and fees.

“Four Years Free is a path for Oregon students to pursue higher education regardless of their income. Four Years Free levels the playing field for low-income students by removing the barrier of cost. We are expanding the academic eligibility of the program to double down on our commitment to equity and providing an affordable four-year education,” said Chuck Knepfle, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Portland State University is Portland’s public research university and we are going to continue to find ways to amplify the potential of Oregon students and clear the way for their pursuit of higher education.”

Since the program started in Fall 2017, 1,564 students have enrolled in Four Years Free.

“I joined Four Years Free because my family was not in a place to support me financially,” said Kaelib LeBreton, a PSU senior majoring in Japanese Language and Literature. “Before I heard about this program, I did not think I would be able to go to university as soon as I wanted to. It has been a joy being in this program.”

Prospective students who are Oregon residents have until May 1 to apply for the Four Years Free program. Out-of-state applicants who apply to PSU by May 1 will be considered for the Western Undergraduate Exchange, which provides reduced out-of-state tuition for students from certain states and territories.

Source: Portland State University

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