Free college tuition available at universities in Texas

T. Ware
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More students in Texas can go to college tuition-free.

Do you dream of going to college, but a lack of money makes it look impossible? The University of Texas system wants to help your dream come true. More undergraduate students now qualify for free tuition.

A $300 million endowment, called Promise Plus, creates additional tuition help at seven schools in the University of Texas system: UT Dallas, UT Arlington, UT El Paso, UT Permian Basin, UT Tyler, UT San Antonio, and UT Rio Grande Valley.

UT Austin received a $167 million endowment in 2019.

Every UT academic institution has a program that covers 100 percent of students’ tuition and mandatory fees, depending on family income,” according to a UT System press release.

Free tuition qualifications

The universities have different financial requirements. The Texas Tribune reports the gift is available to students from families with an income of $100,000 or less at UT Rio Grande Valley. At UT Tyler, Permian Basin, and El Paso it’s $60,000 or less. UT San Antonio's program requires $70,000 or less family income. The income threshold is $25,000 for UT Dallas.

According to the UT Systems press release, the program is open to “full-time undergraduate students who are Texas residents.” A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is also needed. If individual universities have additional criteria, applicants must meet them too.

What if you don’t qualify for the Promise Plus program

The University of Texas system offers other financial programs to students, such as Blaze Forward at UT Arlington. It’s open to new first-year and transfer students who meet its requirements.

UTPB’s website prominently displays, “Lack of money won’t ever prevent you from attending UT Permian Basin.”

Do you want to look into the programs?

For more information, contact the financial aid office of the academic institution you want to attend.

“We are committed to increasing the affordability of a college education for more Texans by lowering the out-of-pocket cost of a UT degree for qualified students,” Board Chairman Kevin P. Eltife said, per the release.

Submit an application soon. You may receive free tuition to your dream university.

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