WOU announces “WOU Affordability Grant” to increase access to college

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Western Oregon University President Rex Fuller announced today that the university was taking another bold step in keeping its high quality education affordable for Oregon students. With the support of the Board of Trustees, WOU limited its tuition increase for undergraduate residents to less than three percent for next year. This will further protect many Oregon students and families by offering a tuition grant that will fully offset the increase.

President Fuller said, “For 2016-17 we will fully offset the planned small tuition increase with an affordability grant for resident undergraduate students whose expected family contribution (EFC) is zero. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine EFC and it is affected by a number of factors including family income and family size.” These grants to Oregon residents are intended to reduce financial barriers to educational attainment.

The WOU Affordability Grant is the latest action by the university to help keep the cost of its undergraduate education as low as possible. In 2007 the university created the innovative Western Tuition Promise, which allows students to select the tuition plan that best meets their needs, and in 2011 the university started a textbook rental program that saves students a half-million dollars a year in course material costs. “The WOU Affordability Grant is further evidence of WOU’s strong commitment to support Oregon students by keeping WOU affordable and accessible so that more students can earn bachelor’s degrees,” said Jim Baumgartner, chair of the WOU Board of Trustees.

The WOU Affordability Grant will be included in the financial aid package that new and continuing students will start to receive from the university this month. Eligible Oregon students will be identified from information provided in their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so it is important that all current and future WOU students complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA and other financial aid information may be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website. For other information on Oregon’s Opportunity Grant, visit their website.

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