The University of Texas at San Antonio is making a bold promise to its students: free tuition. On December 12, the university, part of the University of Texas System, announced it is implementing free tuition and fees for qualifying students beginning next fall.
In a release, UTSA detailed the new Bold Promise Program — a program the school believes will increase access to higher education for San Antonio residents. Bold Promise is open to incoming freshmen whose families make up to $50,500 — the median income in San Antonio. Currently, in-state tuition for on-campus students is about $25,000.
Students must also be a Texas resident, ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class, have graduated within the last 16 months, and be making their initial enrollment into college. The university estimates that 4,100 newly admitted freshmen should qualify next year.
“UTSA was founded 50 years ago on the belief that San Antonians deserve access to high-quality education and opportunities," said university president Taylor Eighmy in a release. "Today, with the launch of UTSA Bold Promise, we are reaffirming that commitment and creating a pathway for students from all across the state to pursue higher education and build prosperity for themselves and their families.”
Tuition funding will come from $41 million in aid along with support from existing federal and state programs. "UTSA’s total aid and scholarship disbursement for fall 2020 will top more than $292 million to enable college going for those in financial need," the school said.
UTSA's news comes five months after the University of Texas at Austin announced a similar program in July. The system's flagship university covers in-state tuition and fees for students of families making $65,000 or less.
Those admitted to join UTSA's freshmen 2020 class can find out if they qualify for the Bold Promise program by submitting a FAFSA/TASFA application by the priority deadline of Wednesday, January 15, 2020.