UT system working to help other students after UT Austin announces tuition coverage program

UT system working to help other students after UT Austin announces tuition coverage program

TEXAS, (KLTV) -University of Texas officials are looking into ways to help those who attend other campuses within the UT system with tuition costs, including students who attend UT Tyler.

This comes after the Board of Texas Regents announced a new program this week that will cover tuition for thousands of UT Austin students.

“The cost of tuition is expensive, and for a lot of these families, it’s very difficult to put their children through school,” said Kevin Eltife, the chairman of the board. “We are going to do everything we can to help them.”

The new program will help with cost left over after eligible students apply for all available grants. Students whose families make less than $65,000 a year will be eligible for full coverage. Those whose families make up to $125,000 will receive some aid as well.

Thought the program is solely for UT Austin students, university officials say they are looking for ways to help others in the UT system.

Eltife, says they plan on ensuring students at the other campuses are being given uniform access to all available grants.

“We are going to go back and take a look and make sure they are doing everything they can to make it easy for students and affordable,” Eltife said.

Outstanding college loan balances stack up to more than one trillion dollars, Eltife says this is what pushed the board to look for additional ways to make college more affordable.

“When you have middle-income working families, and tuition is 10,000 a year, people can’t afford it.,” Eltife said. "Students are coming out of school with a lot of debt and we are trying to attack it on the front end.”

The program starts in fall 2020. University officials say it is expected to cover full tuition for nearly 8,000 UT Austin students every year.

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