University of Houston-Downtown offers free tuition to low-income freshmen

Beginning this Fall, the University of Houston-Downtown pledges free tuition to incoming freshman if they have a family income of up to $50,000. 

The pledge, also known as the Gator Pledge, is a grant for students entering college for the first time. To be eligible, students must be Texas residents, a high school graduate who has earned a recommended or distinguished diploma, and eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Students must enroll as a full-time student at UHD and maintain 24 credit hours within a 12-month period. 

The Gator pledge provides tuition and fees to qualifying students for up to four years if the student continues to meet academic and financial aid eligibility criteria and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Eligibility is determined based on a student’s FAFSA information.  

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