Portland State University will offer free tuition for qualifying transfer students

FILE - In this June 25, 2010, file photo, students walk across campus at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland State University will begin offering free tuition for low-income, in-state transfer students in Fall 2018.

The new Transfers Finish Free program will cover base tuition and mandatory fees for up to 15 credits per term for eligible students who transfer from any four-year college or community college.

“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,” said PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi.

The transfer students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a current resident of Oregon
  • Admitted to PSU as a transfer student for the Fall 2018 (have at least 30 or more transferable quarter credits - 20 semester credits - earned after high school graduation)
  • Have a 2.5 or higher cumulative unweighted G.P.A.
  • Eligible to receive a Pell Grant as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled full-time at PSU (between 12 and 15 credits per term)
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration deadlines

John Fraire, PSU’s vice president for enrollment and student affairs, hopes the Transfers Finish Free program gives students incentives to get good grades so they can afford to finish their degree at PSU.

Students who qualify must accept and use all federal and state grants before PSU makes up the difference.

They can have their tuition covered for up to four years if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Interested students must apply to PSU and submit their FAFSA by July 1, as well as submit their final transcript to the university by Aug. 1.

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