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Published: Monday, 1/19/2009

University of Toledo to expand free tuition program


University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs announced Monday during Toledo's Unity Celebration that the university will expand its free tuition program to more Ohio urban areas.

During his speech at the event to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Jacobs said the UT Guarantee scholarship program will now be offered to students in Ohio's 21 urban centers.

The program was first offered to the state's six largest cities.

The UT Guarantee allows students with a 3.0 grade-point-average who show some financial need to attend the university for free.

As long as the student qualifies for a Pell Grant when filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, UT will pick up the tab for what financial aid doesn't cover.

The program originally focused on Ohio's largest cities - Toledo, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton.

It will now include the following 15 additional locations: Canton, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Elyria, Euclid, Hamilton, Lima, Lorain, Mansfield, Middletown, South-Western, Springfield, Trotwood-Madison, Warren, and Youngstown.

The UT Guarantee program is good for four years of study at UT, as long as the students maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete 30 credit hours each school year.

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