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University of Arizona announces plan to help erase student debt

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PHOENIX – The University of Arizona is making college more attainable for all Arizona students beginning in the fall of 2020.

The university, in a press release, introduced plans to initiate the Pell Pledge Grant which will cover the full cost of tuition for four years.

To be eligible, students must hold Arizona residency, be a freshman and attend the school’s main campus in Tucson.

Undergraduates who apply also need to qualify for federal Pell Grants which are given to those under financial duress.

Kasey Urquidez, dean of undergraduate admissions, recently told KTAR News 92.3 FM that, “we want to get the information out there so students can feel like college is accessible and that they have some options knowing that the cost is covered if they are Pell eligible.”

The Pell Pledge Grant was created to focus on the statewide need for tuition assistance for low-income families and students who encounter debt at higher rates than the national average.

“We are committed to helping our students complete their degrees and launch fulfilling lives, and this is a vital part of that commitment,” said Robert C. Robbins, university president, in the release.

Last year, nearly one-third of the students who received financial aid from the University of Arizona qualified for Pell Grants.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Nailea Leon contributed to this report.

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