PSU credits largest freshman class to '4 Years Free' program

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The freshman class at Portland State University has set a record as the largest incoming freshman class in the school’s history.

PSU said it saw an increase of 10 percent in enrollment. In particular, they say there are more Oregon residents enrolled – a 26 percent increase.

John Fraire, the school’s Vice President for Enrollment Management, said the increase is in large part thanks to a new program called "4 Years Free."

The program allows eligible Oregon high school students to go to Portland State for free for four years.

"The message is that we're an academic institution that's accessible and affordable, and I think that the Four Years Free program really helped to promote that,” said Fraire.

To be eligible for the program, Oregon high school graduates must have a grade point average of 3.4 or higher, and must be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant as determined by FAFSA. The students must also be full-time, which is considered a 12-credit course load per term. However, students need to take an average of 15 credits a term to graduate in four years, which is the length of time that the program covers.

"I was just going to go to our community college by my hometown. That was easy and close to family, until I got this opportunity," said freshman Jacey Wilson.

Below is a video about the program from PSU:

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