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Low-income students get tuition-and-fees guarantee
The University's Founders Oppportunity Program will now cover tuition and fees for all Pell-eligible Minnesota students
By Deane Morrison
February 14, 2006; updated February 22
A ray of light pierced the clouds of rising tuition and fees last week when the University expanded its Founders Opportunity Program to cover transfer students as well as qualified incoming freshmen. Once the program has been fully phased in, the University will match all Pell grants to students from Minnesota and provide additional assistance from state, private, and University funds to cover their tuition and fees.
The William W. and Nadine M. McGuire Family Foundation recently announced grants to support innovative programs to prepare students for college success and help them gain access to the school of their choice. The McGuire grants are expected to reach $4 million in support for the U. At the University, McGuire funds will create a five-year pilot program to ensure that students with the most significant need receive funding to cover 90 percent of the total cost of their attendance. Elsewhere, the funds will support Admission Possible, an organization to help make college possible for motivated and economically disadvantaged students, and LearningWorks at Blake, a program that works with sixth and seventh grade Minneapolis students to improve their academic performance. For more information, see the news release.