PSU unveils free tuition program for low-income transfer students

PSU unveils free tuition program for low-income transfer students

Portland State University announced Wednesday morning a new program that will help more transfer students attend college for free.

The "Transfers Finish Free" program will ensure that all low-income transfer students — providing they are Oregon residents and qualify for the Pell Grant — can complete their program of study at PSU. Previously, transfer students who qualified for the Pell Grant may still have been left with a gap of unpaid tuition that they needed to cover themselves.

“PSU is an access institution that creates opportunities for students to obtain a valuable college education to open up career opportunities,” PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi said in a release. “Transfers Finish Free will make it easier for eligible transfer students — who are the majority of PSU’s student body — to attend the university without struggling to find funds to cover tuition. Their successes at PSU and beyond will enhance their lives and boost Oregon’s economy.”

Transfer students make up around 60 percent of the PSU student body each year.

The program is set to start in the fall and apply only to new, incoming transfer students. To qualify, students must be Oregon residents, have a certain number of transfer credits and a 2.5 GPA or higher, and plan to enroll full-time at PSU. Students interested in this program must apply to PSU and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, by July 1.

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