The University of Texas at Tyler has introduced a guaranteed tuition program that will help make higher education more accessible to limited income families, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
The Pathway to Success Program is UT Tyler’s guarantee of tuition to students whose families earn $25,000 or less annually. The Pathway program will begin in fall 2007.
“It is our objective to make higher education accessible to all students, and the Pathway program will help us to do that. Some extremely gifted students feel that a university degree is not an option for them because their families cannot afford to pay for it. We want to help them realize their educational dreams,” President Mabry said.
Students who will participate in the Pathway program must be first-time freshmen, Texas residents, meet Pell eligibility requirements, meet UT Tyler admissions requirements, complete all required financial aid documentation and enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours at UT Tyler each fall and spring semester.
Pathway participants must also complete at least 30 credit hours each consecutive academic year, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
Pathway provides a financial aid package that covers full tuition and mandatory fees for up to 15 credit hours per semester. Estimated tuition and fees for 15 semester credit hours at UT Tyler are $2,472.
“We also have other financial aid opportunities like the work-study program that will help cover other fees and charges for books, supplies, housing or meals not included in the Pathway program,” Candice Lindsey, associate dean of enrollment management, said.
Pathway could benefit hundreds of students in East Texas, according to Dale Lunsford, vice president for student affairs and external relations.
“We know many high ability students don't even consider a high quality UT education because they don't understand the many sources of aid that are available. We hope this simple guarantee will open their eyes to the possibilities at UT Tyler,” he said.
Interested students should contact the UT Tyler Office of Financial Aid, 903.566.7180, or visit www.go2uttyler.com for more information.
“Education is the key that accesses so many opportunities in life. Many of tomorrow’s problem solvers are a part of today’s low-income families. By giving them this opportunity, we are creating solutions not just for them but also everyone they will help in the future,” President Mabry added.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.