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College covering costs for qualified students

November 14, 2019
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The Grace Hauenstein Library. Courtesy Aquinas College

A local college is launching a guarantee to meet the "full demonstrated financial need" for costs for qualified first-year undergraduate students.

Beginning in fall 2020, Aquinas College will cover tuition, fees and room and board for first-year students who have a 3.4 high school GPA calculated by Aquinas, an 1100 SAT/ACT score and are enrolled full time in a baccalaureate degree program, according to the college today.

The guarantee is part of a new three-part program called the Aquinas Commitment, which includes two existing programs.

One of those existing parts is the four-year guarantee that launched with first-year undergraduate students in the 2019 fall semester. The four-year guarantee promises that qualified students will graduate in four years, or the college will waive any additional tuition expense — for up to one additional year for outstanding coursework required to graduate.

The Aquinas Commitment also includes the AQ Advantage Center, which offers career services, internships, research opportunities and study away.

“We know that affordability, return on investment and most importantly, inclusivity and access, are top of mind for students and their families,” said Kevin Quinn, president, Aquinas College.

“The Aquinas Commitment offers individualized attention and careful planning, so that our students can have an excellent experience from their first year through graduation.”

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