More students from lower income families will have the opportunity for higher education, and they can do it right down the road at West Texas A&M University.
The "Buff Promise" is a new project by wt to help students from low income families.
If a student meets certain academic and other eligibility requirements, the university will cover the cost of in-state tuition and fees.
It's a program Dr. Dan Garcia, Vice President for Enrollment Management, has brought with him from past experience.
"There was a program like this at the University of Washington that I was a part of about a year ago, one of the first in the nation. It was an idea I brought with me that I wanted to see implemented. The president and provost and a whole slew of other people have given great support for this."
Garcia hopes to reach out to a group of students who might not otherwise have the chance at a higher education, and he says anyone who meets the requirements will be accepted.
"We have looked at the number of students who have historically enrolled. We believe we can meet the demand and there will be no limit to the number of students who can participate."
The program will start in the Fall of 2008, and you have until April 15th to apply.
To qualify you must:
- be a Texas Resident
- be an Undergraduate student
- submit all financial aid information by April 15, 2008
- meet all WTAMU admission requirements
- meet eligibility for Federal Pell Grants
- enroll as a full-time student
- have a family income of $40,000 or less