One of the things I have always liked best about Portland State is our commitment to providing a college education to students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to pursue a degree. This access mission keeps us real. We focus on what universities, at their core, are supposed to do: offer opportunities to students to enrich their lives so they can go out and make a better world.
We do all we can to keep costs down for students and their families, knowing that a bump in tuition here or there can be a breaking point. In fact, we’re now the second most affordable public university in Oregon, and a full $2,000 less per year than the other two big research universities.
I’m proud to announce that we’re taking yet another step to help engaged students with limited means pay for college. Today we’re rolling out Four Years Free, a program that covers tuition and fees for students who meet these criteria:
- Resident of Oregon
- Entering PSU as a first-year freshman in fall 2017
- 3.4 or better high school GPA
- Receive a federal Pell grant
- Enrolled full-time
Students who qualify must apply for and accept federal and state grants. For these students, any remaining cost of tuition and fees won’t be an issue at Portland State.
There’s a lot of talk nationally and in Oregon about college affordability. We are not just joining that conversation. We’re doing something about it.